Liberia Study Tour Reflections: June 2012
On the recent Liberia: Women of Peace Study Tour (June 17 – 24, 2012), an intergenerational group of AJWS supporters visited with AJWS’s grassroots partners around the country to see the impact of our work firsthand. Highlights of their philanthropic adventure included meeting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, joining Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee for an intimate dinner, and sharing stories with the fearless female activists who helped to bring peace to Liberia after 14 years of civil war.
Read below for reflections, takeaways and photos from their inspirational journey.
Photos from the trip
Photo credits: Kim Feinstein, Cathe Kobacker, Ruth Messinger, and Stefanie Rubin
Watch clips from an incredible discussion between AJWS guest traveler Letty Cottin Pogrebin (noted feminist, author and co-founder of Ms. Magazine) and Leymah Gbowee.
Read a beautiful synopsis of our week together from AJWS guest traveler, Letty Cottin Pogrebin:
Applying Jewish Values On A Mission To Liberia
The Jewish Week
July 17, 2012
Check out another insightful essay by Letty Cottin Pogrebin about the signs, billboards, ads and posters the group encountered while in Liberia, and what they reveal about the country’s economical, social and political state of affairs.
Liberia: Signs of the Times
July 20, 2012
Read about the challenges of peace and reconciliation in post-conflict Liberia in the following article by Study Tour participant, Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR:
Teshuva in Liberia: Moving from ruin to reconciliation
Los Angeles Jewish Journal
July 5, 2012