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The Liberian President Visits Tilburg University

SirleafFollowing her visit to Brussels, President Sirleaf spent today (9/11/2012) in the Netherlands where she met with Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and dined with Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Orange and the Princess Máxima, who visited Liberian in 2010 on a three-day official visit as United Nations Secretary General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance and Development.

The Liberian President also held bilateral talks with the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.

Later today, President Sirleaf travels to Tilburg University, who is celebrating its 85th anniversary. As a guest of honour, she will join the celebration and deliver a lecture on “International Social Responsibility” as the University recognizes the 100th anniversary of the birth of the first female Minister of the Netherlands, Marga Klompé, an event co-chaired by the endowed chair, prof. Mirjam van Reisen.

President Sirleaf will be awarded an honorary degree, Doctor Honoris Causa, along with two academicians. The president is being recognized for her leadership and interest in both education and social responsibility.

A video recording of the Dies is available on YouTube here. There's also a compilation with the presentation of the designs of the collection 'Marga Klompé: Fashion Icon or Role Model' and short and striking fragments of the Laudatio speech by Prof. Mirjam van Reisen and the honorary doctorate received by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Conference on the Legacy of Marga Klompé for an Ethical Approach to Health Care and Ageing in a Globalised World

Picture1Co-chaired by the endowed chair prof. Mirjam van Reisen, Tilburg University (The Netherlands) hosted a conference on Marga Klompé 'A Bouquet on the Table' The Legacy of Marga Klompé for an Ethical Approach to Health Care and Ageing in a Globalised World that will take place on the 16th of November 2012.

Marga Klompé, the first female minister of the Netherlands, would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year.  She was responsible for major reforms regarding care, including those related to the elderly. As new international developments, including migration and changing demographics heavily impact upon the quality of care, this is a highly topical issue that requires special attention. Our event will bring together well-known figures, academics and other guests who have valuable knowledge to share on this topic, including Ruud Lubbers, Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Kathleen Ferrier, Agnes van Ardenne, Wim Meijer and Annelies van Heijst.

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France, Brussels, Netherlands, and Tilburg University in particular, Line Up Big Welcome For Liberian President Sirleaf

ejsgraftnewLiberian leader set to receive France’s Highest honor, the Grand Croix and an Honorary Degree from Tilburg University in Netherlands

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will on Wednesday receive from the President of the French Republic, H.E. François Hollande, France’s highest award and public distinction, the Grand Croix of the Légion d’Honneur.

The Liberian President then travels to Tilburg University where, as the guest of honor, she will join in the celebration of the university’s 85th anniversary. She will also; deliver a lecture on “International Social Responsibility,” as the university observes the 100th anniversary of the birth of the first female Minister of the Netherlands, Marga Klompé.

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Activities on the 100th birthday of Marga Klompé

At the occasion of the 100th birthday of Marga Klompé, several activities will be organised in the month of November. More information is available in the newsletter (Dutch) of the Marga Klompé Foundation.

9 November - visit of Queen Beatrix to Tilburg University:: The Dutch queen Beatrix will visit the province of Noord-Brabant and Tilburg University. After a speech by Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen, professor International Social Responsibility and holder of the Chair Marga Klompé, the Queen will be invited to unveil the bust of former Minister Marga Klompé. More info about the visit of the queen is available here (Dutch).

9 November - 85th Dies Natalis of Tilburg University: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will give the oration at the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the foundation of the university. The theme will be International Social Responsibility. She will also be rewarded with a doctorate honoris causa. More info about the Dies is available here.

9 November - book publications: 2 (Dutch) books in honor of Marga Klompé will be published on this day.

  1. De Verbeelding van Marga Klompé, Perspectieven op de Toekomst. Erik Borgman en Mirjam van Reisen, uitgeverij Klement.
  2. In Liefde en Rechtvaardigheid. Het Dagboek van Marga Klompé. Onder redactie van Erik Borgman, Mirjam van Reisen en Iris Plessius, uitgeverij Verloren.

12 November - Unveiling of the bust of Marga Klompé in the second chamber of the Dutch Parliament, The Hague. The programme is available here (Dutch - pdf). Pictures can be found here.

12 November - Marga Klompé evening with Minister Sekai Holland of Zimbabwe. Interview with Minister Sekai Holland and panel discussion met Mirjam van Reisen, Anneke Ribberink en Monique Leyenaar. Click here for the programme (pdf). The Dutch press release can be found here.

16 November - International Symposium: “A Bouquet on the Table” — The legacy of Marga Klompé for an ethical approach to Health Care and ageing in a globalised world, Tilburg University. Click here for more information.

Liberia honors Prof. Mirjam van Reisen

The government of Liberia has honored Mirjam van Reisen, occupant of an endowed chair at Tilburg University, with a Golden Image Award, in recognition of her efforts to help women end conflict in Liberia and other countries.

Van Reisen, also founder and director of Brussels-based Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA) and a member of the coordinating committee of Social Watch, has been instrumental in helping women leaders in Africa and other conflict regions demand their rights under UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

To read the offical press release of Tilburg University, click here

To read an article on the subject on SocialWatch, click here