Counsellor Dr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh of Liberia obtained a Juris doctorate law degree with honours from the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law where she was also featured in “Who is Who in American Law Schools” 1988 Edition. She is a recipient of several awards and certifications including a certificate in Mediation/Arbitration from Bowie State University. A member of several professional associations both in the United States and Liberia, Cllr. Chesson-Wureh is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, The U.S. Federal District Bar, The Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) where she serves on the Board. She is also one of the 18 Global Commissioners of the United States Academy of Science and Medicine. Cllr. Chesson-Wureh is a member of the Liberian Joint Presidential Transitional Team (JPTT) that was tasked with transitioning the incoming government (January 2018) into office and the Johnson Sirleaf government out. She was further appointed by the President of Liberia to be on the strategic Secretariat of the JPTT that had oversight on the entire Liberian transition process.
An advocate and a champion of women’s rights and gender equality, she was the Manager in 2009 of the International Women’s Colloquium for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security, which was Co-convened by H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and H.E. President Tarja Halonen of Finland that brought together over two thousand women from around the world including four sitting Presidents (Liberia, Finland, Rwanda and Senegal). She was a member of the first Board of Tax Appeals of Liberia (2012-2017).
Cllr. Chesson-Wureh is presently the Establishment Coordinator of the Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security, which was the concrete outcome of the International Colloquium. In a coalition with over 30 other women and youth groups, she initiated a non-violent elections campaign entitled “The Peace is in our Hand” which she successfully established as the “Women’s Situation Room” (WSR) for the Liberian elections in 2011. The Women’s Situation Room has been successfully replicated in Senegal 2012, in Sierra Leone 2012, in Kenya 2013, Nigeria 2015, Uganda and Ghana in 2016, Liberia 2014 & 2017 and Sierra Leone again in 2018. Cllr. Chesson-Wureh Chairs the Eminent Women’s Room of the award-winning Women’s Situation Room and provides the technical expertise for its implementation. The WSR has been hailed by the President of the UN Security Council as…” playing an important role in exerting influence over parties to armed conflict”…; and “…which have helped to prevent or mitigate the eruption and escalation of violence, inter alia through observing and monitoring and by engaging stakeholders in constructive dialogue and peace advocacy”. President Obasanjo of Nigeria has found the WSR to be “…a valuable mechanism to monitor potential hotspots, incidents of violence, harassment and intimidation.”
In her capacity as Establishment Coordinator of ABIC, Cllr. Chesson-Wureh played critical roles in: chairing the logistics and secretariat of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s inauguration of 2015; chairing the logistics and event planning committee for the United Nations High Level Panel (HLP) on the post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), held in Liberia in 2015 and co-chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the President of Indonesia.
As a member of the Liberian President’s Ebola Advisory Group on the Ebola Epidemic, she galvanised the youth of Liberia under ABIC’s leadership to engage in training and sensitization on the Ebola scourge. She also provided legal advice to the Government of Liberia regarding the epidemic.
Cllr. Chesson-Wureh also oversees many of the diverse programs of the Angie Brooks International Centre such as: The Chief Suah Koko Center and its Adult Literacy Program; The Pink Panthers Project; Mentorship and Internship of young Liberians; The Talking Bus; and various training programs.