- Country / Conflict-Affected Area: Liberia
- Position: National Focal Point, Liberia
- Organization: Mano River Women’s Peace Network
A development economist, Ruth Caesar has focused on issues related to gender, social transformation, and conflict resolution for more than 30 years. As Deputy Executive Director for Operations at the National Commission on Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration between 2006 and 2009, Ms. Caesar oversaw the implementation and monitoring of programs serving 101,000 ex-combatants.
Previously, Ms. Caesar represented women and children’s organizations in the National Transitional Legislative Assembly from 2003 to 2005, contributing to 10 conventions addressing trafficking and exploitation. She was also a member of Parliament for the Economic Community of West African States and served as National Coordinator of the Women and Children Affairs Coordination Unit within the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs.
As a founding member of the Mano River Women’s Peace Network, Ms. Caesar seeks nonviolent conflict resolution in the four Mano River states, emphasizing negotiation with and among heads of state, leaders of warring factions, and international institutions.
Presently, she is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL). She received her master’s degree in economic development from Wayne State University and an honorary doctorate in religious education from the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary.
Last Updated: October 2015