MeRck's Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp awarded by Africa's First Female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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  • H.E. President of Republic of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recognizes Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp for Merck's contribution towards empowering women and girls in science and technology.

  • Merck marks the International Women's Day" with the launch of their "More than a Mother" and "STEM program" in Liberia.

H.E. President of the Republic of Liberia and Africa's First Female Head of State Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has awarded a "Medal of Honour" to Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of Executive Board and Family Board of E. Merck KG in recognition of Merck's efforts to empower African women and girls in the fields of science and technology where they are currently under-represented.

Watch this video of Prof. Stangenberg-Haverkamp's award ceremony.

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp presents an award to H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia

The award is also to recognize "Merck More than a Mother" which aims to empower infertile women in Liberia and across the African continent.

Receiving his award Prof. Stangenberg-Haverkamp said: "I am very proud to receive this African Medal of Honour which is very important for Merck as a leading company in science and technology as it recognizes its commitment to Africa's social and economic development."

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp receives the 'Medal of Honour' from H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia

"Real economic growth and prosperity that will ensure not only all basic needs but also quality of life for African people can never be achieved without the economic empowerment of women and youth. Therefore we firmly support these programs to build capacity and empower women and youth in Africa," emphasized Prof. Stangenberg-Haverkamp.

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Harverkamp makes his speech before receiving his award

"As a Ministry we have made a decision to partner with Merck STEM Program to empower our girls in science and technology. This program is very important for Liberia and Her Excellency President of Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is very interested to make this program a great success," Liberia's Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Cassell emphasized.

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp thanking H.E. President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

To mark International Women's Day and in recognition of the important role women can play in the economic and social development of Africa, Merck is empowering women and girls to participate in STEM where they are currently under-represented, through the "Merck STEM Program".

Merck inaugurated this initiative at Victoria Tolbert School in Liberia where it equipped its library with computer and science labs to encourage young girls to study science and technology and become the future physicians, scientists and engineers.

STEM Project by Merck is the first external support Victoria Tolbert School gets since its establishment by Her Excellency the head of state of Liberia for underprivileged and vulnerable girls.

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For more about Merck’s programs in Liberia, please watch videos below.

Merck More Than a Mother-The Story of Empowering Westpoint Women, Liberia

Merck STEM Program for Girls and Women, Liberia

Merck More than a Mother with Julia Duncan Cassell - Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Liberia

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