The Huffington Post published an article by BRAC USA President and CEO Susan Davis, who discussed this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners: Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemen’s Tawakul Karman. To Davis, the newest Nobel laureates highlight the importance of female empowerment.
“For BRAC, the organization I am privileged to be a part of, these leaders symbolize everything we stand for: The empowerment of women clears the path to peace and prosperity.”
Davis recalled that Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf urged BRAC to bring its strategies to Liberia in 2007. BRAC responded and has been working to create sustainable development in Liberia and many other countries.
“Founded in 1972, BRAC is on a drive to apply solutions created in its native Bangladesh to defeating poverty in Africa. We do this by removing the causes of poverty and hunger at the root with a comprehensive approach geared toward individual empowerment. This includes providing millions of micro-entrepreneurs with better opportunities via micro-loans, improving access to markets, and building institutions to provide better health care and education.”
In just 39 years, BRAC has expanded all over the world – and now you can trace its influence to a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
“Women Like Sirleaf and Gbowee Clear Africa’s Path to Prosperity” [Huffington Post, October 7, 2011]