President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says one of the main goals of her government is to reduce, if not end, poverty – not simply by increasing a woman’s bottom line …

Half the Sky, a New York Times bestseller and recent PBS documentary has produced quite a stir on a global scale.  The overarching message was to create awareness and to help establish education and resources for women and children who are not only susceptible to but, often victims of atrocities like maternal mortality, genital mutilation, sex trafficking, forced prostitution and gender-based violence. Liberia is just one country that is facing these problems.

A cocktail and dinner party held in New York recently featured guest speaker President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia on the subject of the 10,000 Women Certificate Program sponsored by Goldman Sachs Foundation.  This program is part of a worldwide effort to provide training, funding and support to women in underserved areas throughout the world in order to lift themselves out of the poverty and abuse that so rampantly besets their gender.  The results of the 10,000 Women Certificate Program are beginning to blossom as goodwill reports begin to slowly trickle in.

In general, women who are educated tend to lead and support others in overcoming poverty and abuse. They encourage and become examples for their children and their communities, to work hard and become educated. That’s why it’s so important for us to reach out to as many people as possible and share this message and spread the awareness. The more people who hear about these causes, the greater support we are able to provide. Search, Enroll, Share