The University of Haifa awarded Honorary Degrees to eleven educators, philanthropists and government leaders at festive ceremonies on Tuesday, June 7, as part of the 44th Annual Board of Governors’ Meeting.
Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, headlined an international array of recipients that included seven honorees from the United States or with roots in both the U.S. and Israel. Here are brief biographical sketches of the 2016 honorees.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female head of state in Africa, has been President of Liberia since 2006. In 2011 she was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakkol Karman of Yemen “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” The honorary degree is being awarded in recognition of her vision, courage and willingness to march, against every risk and every obstacle, along a path that has led her people to peace and prosperity; on her leadership, ability to act and uncompromisingly struggle for equal rights for women, and for upholding universal values, while giving expression to the fact that success and abilities are not dependent on gender and race; and on her work around the globe to protect human dignity and the right of all mankind to education and freedom.