Liberian president visits Rotterdam

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9 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is making a short visit to Rotterdam this evening. She is here to accept the third annual International Anti-discrimination Award from the Rotterdam Youth Council (RJR). Sergio Belfor, spokesperson for the RJR announced this on Friday.

9 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is making a short visit to Rotterdam this evening. She is here to accept the third annual International Anti-discrimination Award from the Rotterdam Youth Council (RJR). Sergio Belfor, spokesperson for the RJR announced this on Friday.

Johnson-Sirleaf won the award for her efforts to promote human rights, and in particular women's rights. The actual awards ceremony was planned for 21 March but since Johnson would be unable to attend on that day she will be receiving the award on Friday evening.

The president and her entire delegation will be welcomed in the World Trade Center Rotterdam for a dinner. The theme of the dinner is human rights and women's role in economic development. The Black Businesswomen of the Netherlands (ZZVN), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Rotterdam Anti-Discrimination Office (RADAR) and the Rotterdam municipality will all be represented at the dinner.

The RJR is the oldest youth council in the Netherlands and was founded in 1997. The council has had official status since 1999. Twenty youth organisations are members of the RJR.

The RJR is focussing on women and human rights this year. It will bring out a recommendation to the municipal council in April regarding teenage mothers.

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Subject: Dutch news

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