Laura GolakehLaura Golakeh, M.A., shared personal reflections about how education enabled her to break the shackles of fear, pain and trauma in Liberia and gave her a new energy to give back to a "crying society.”

Laura Golakeh, M.A. - Gender, Education, and Peacebuilding in Liberia: A Dialogue
Lunchtime Seminar September 24, 2015 (26:43 min.)

Laura GolakehLaura Golakeh, M.A., shared personal reflections about how education enabled her to break the shackles of fear, pain and trauma in Liberia and gave her a new energy to give back to a "crying society.” The first member of her family to attain a master's degree from the United Nations mandated University for Peace, she believes that despite the many challenges girls face in Liberia and around the world, when they are educated they can transform their own lives, their families as well as their communities. Golakeh discussed the multiplier effect of educating girls and other examples and possibilities for gender, education, and peacebuilding in Liberia.

Laura Golakeh is founder and executive director of Right to Read Liberia, a Mandela Washington Fellow 2014, member of the 2014/2015 Gender and Peacebuilding class at the United Nations mandated University for Peace, and a 2015 summer intern at the Wellesley Centers for Women.

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