The Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) for women’s empowerment, leadership development, international peace and security was launched as a concrete outcome of the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security. The Colloquium was co-convened by H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and H.E. President Tarja Halonen of Finland from March 7-8, 2009 in Monrovia.
After the successful hosting of the Colloquium, its Manager, Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh was mandated to spearhead the establishment of the ABIC as Establishment Coordinator. The Centre is established as an international institute to serve the interest of women’s leadership and advancement at the global, regional, national and local levels. It is envisioned to become a leading global institution dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of women’s leadership in all aspect of development with a particular emphasis on political participation, peace and security, economic empowerment and climate change.
The Centre is named in honor of Liberian diplomat and jurist, Angie Elizabeth Brooks, who in 1970 became the first and only African female 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 honor women’s leadership worldwide.
The ABIC is currently housed in the Science Building on the campus of the University of Liberia in Fendell with a satellite office on the 3rd Floor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Monrovia.