WAPSI FORUM DISCUSSANTS

Yvette Chesson-Wureh

Discussant

An important mentor in advocacy in America to Dr. Chesson-Wureh was Dorothy Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women. Another mentor was politician Ruth Sando Fahnbulleh Perry. Perry made history in August 19961 when she became the first woman unanimously elected at a meeting of West African heads of state to become the third chair of Liberia’s ruling council. Perry became head of the transitional government, thereby making her Africa’s first woman to act as head of state. Perry was mandated to execute the daunting task of leading the country from a devastating seven-year civil war to peace under a sub-regional plan of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Although serving in a non-partisan capacity, Perry was a member of the National Democratic Party of Liberia. She was the leader of Liberia from September 1996 until August 1997.