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Liberia’s former president wins Irish medical college award

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf cited for promoting peace, justice, democracy and women’s empowerment

A prominent Irish medical school has bestowed the 2021 Emily Winifred Dickson Award, named after the school’s first woman graduate, to Liberia’s former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Johnson Sirleaf received the award from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dublin on 8 September. In 2006 she became the first elected female head of state in Africa and stayed in post until 2018. She was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2011 for her work leading Liberia through reconciliation following a decade-long civil war.

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