Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009: 8:00 PM at Women's Building

Iron Ladies of Liberia directed by Siatta Scott Johnson and Daniel Junge (Liberia/USA, 2007, 77 min, Documentary)
After nearly two decades of brutal civil war, Liberia is a nation ready for change. On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was inaugurated as the country's first elected female president and Africa's first freely elected female head of state. Despite massive support in Liberia and abroad, Johnson Sirleaf must not only find ways to reform a corrupt authoritarian government saddled with astronomical debts, but must also confront opponents loyal to former President Charles Taylor-all without alienating her voter base. Since taking office, Johnson Sirleaf has appointed an unprecedented number of women of leadership positions in all areas of the Liberian government. Highlighting the challenges of African countries currently face, this film provides an uplifting example of women who have become the backbone of change. As filmmakers explore a historic transition from authoritarianism to democracy, the viewer is treated to a joyous, inspirational testimony of the political power of women's leadership and diplomacy.

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