The Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC), is an outcome of the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security held in 2009 in Monrovia, Liberia. The event was co-convened by President Tarja Halone of Finland and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia.
The Centre promotes Women’s Empowerment; Leadership Development and International Peace and Security throughout Africa. Consistent with its mandate to support the decisions of the Colloquium in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 among others, the Centre actively engages in women’s involvement in peace and security in Liberia and across the African region.
The Colloquium proved an extraordinary event that brought together the following high profile personalities;
- four sitting Head of States and Government from Finland, Senegal, Rwanda, and Liberia;
- former Presidents of Switzerland and Ireland;
- Prime Ministers of Mozambique and Dominica;
- Governor General of Canada Valarie Amos;
- Deputy EU Commissioner and Deputy AU Secretary General;
- United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Deputy Executive Secretary; Lalla Ben Barka;
- as well as over 2,000 women from all over worldwide.
The Centre is named in honour of Liberian diplomat and jurist, Angie Elizabeth Brooks, who in 1970 became the first and only African Woman President of the United Nations General Assembly to date. In 1954, Ms. Brooks became Liberia’s representative to the United Nations, where much of her work involved the transformation of former colonial states into independent countries. She also served as Assistant Secretary of State of Liberia and a Supreme Court Justice. By honouring Angie Brooks, the centre is also intended to honour women’s leadership worldwide. ABIC is also committed to ensuring that its activities involve the promotion of, and nurturing of Africa’s next generation of leaders, both males and females.
ABIC has three Administrative locations, from where various activities are carried out. These include the following;
Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – This centre manages the day to day operations of ABIC.
Fendall Campus, University of Liberia – This centre is the main administrative office of ABIC. All major training activities of ABIC are conducted at this centre, some of which include; peace and conflict resolution training in partnership with UNITAR: election monitoring training, women empowerment training sessions (training for Pink Panthers on safe driving, road signs, rules and regulations, financial literacy, self-defence etc.).
Chief Suah Koko Centre – The idea of the establishment of a centre that focuses primarily on the training and empowerment of the rural women was conceptualized by Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the launch of the Angie Brooks international Centre (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security in Liberia in 2009.
Major Programmes at ABIC
Women’s Empowerment Programmes
- The Chief Suah Koko Centre for the Empowerment of Rural Women
- Adult Literacy Training
- Pink Panthers all girls Motorcyclist Club
- Women in Mediation and Peace building
Leadership Development Programmes
- Mentorships/Internships of Liberia’s and Africa’s young professionals.
- Training and Advocacy on Women’s political participation
- Training with ACCORD; UNITAR; Africa Leadership Legacy Project; UNDP.
- Leadership development – publications and development of Educational Board Games
International Peace and Security Programmes
- Women’s Situation Room – mitigating conflict before, during and after elections (flagship product)
- Mediation and Peace Building
- Management of conferences at the request of office of the Executive of the Republic of Liberia
- Emergency response to crisis (including the Ebola crisis)