Monday, 2 April 2018

From child Activism to leading positive Change;Satta is breaking gender barriers and leading change for Liberian Children.

Meet Satta Sheriff an inspiring young woman breaking barriers and leading positive change for Liberian Children.

About Satta F. Sheriff
Satta F. Sheriff is a staunch Child Rights Advocate, first elected female Speaker of the Liberian Children’s Parliament and Executive Director of Youth in Action for Peace and Empowerment (YAPE) a children and youth driven NGO founded to advocate, promote, empower, and defend Liberian Children, girls and other vulnerable groups in society. Satta is currently a recognized member of the fifty (50) most impacting young females Leaders in Africa 2017 (One World Foundation).
Satta was born during the Liberian Civil War in the mountainous city of Bong, Fulmah District Bongmines; she started primary education at age six (6).
Growing up in a large family with both her parents uneducated and extremely poor, Satta drew enough strength and inspiration to defend the rights of children from her mother who was a victim of forced/Child Marriage. Satta life changing advocacy-journey started at age (9) when a 13 year-old girl was due to get marry to a thirty-nine year-old man in her community, Satta felt it was wrongShe soon engaged the girl parents and the community leader thus stopping the marriage.
Since age nine (9), Satta has been working to improve the living conditions of Children in Liberia while persistently defending and seeking justice for the rights of Children who are victims of abuse and violence. 

Satta Impacts
At age 13, Satta became a peer educator to create awareness on the effect of Stigma and discrimination on Children and adolescents affected by HIV/AIDS in Liberia. She led a team of over sixty (60) adolescent girls under the banner “Daughters of the Kings” educating teenagers on sexual reproductive health, sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment, teenage pregnancy, Child abuse, Rape, the modes of transmission and preventive measures of HIV, STIs and STDs in Kakata City, Margibi County. Satta become a role model for many girls and soon she became a recognized agent of change in life skills education, educating girls on the importance of abstaining from sex, in fighting teenage pregnancy, and illiteracy thus eradicating poverty in Margibi County.

Since then, Satta has continue to organize rallies, Marches, symposiums and stakeholders engagements to fight for the rights of children which hold government officials accountable to children and girls in Liberia.
In early 2017, a 13 year-old was allegedly raped and impregnated by a lawmaker. Through Satta and others advocacy investigation was conducted, the lawmaker was arrested and his case was sent to court. 
In 2016, Satta co-founded the Joint Action Committee on Children (JACC) to advocate and protect children rights in Liberia. Through JACC; Satta championed a national Campaign and brought justice to the families of two Liberian minors (Alvin Moses & Ruben Paye) who were mysteriously killed in 2015.
Since 2016, Satta has consistently represented the Girls and Children of Liberia at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the African Union Headquarters on different occasions to defend Children and Girls rights international.

In early 2016, Satta was awarded the Diana Princess of Wales Active Campaigner Award for defending the rights of children and ensuring safe spaces for girls and children in Liberia.

In 2015, Satta was elected first female Speaker of the Liberian Children's Parliament by children from across Liberia fifteen (15) political subdivisions. As the official voice of Liberian Children, Satta made recommendations on behalf of children and represented the children of Liberia locally, nationally and internationally.  

Through Satta advocacy, she has given justice, mentored advocates, improved and impacted the lives of thousands of children and girls in Liberia. Her monthly mentorship program encourages and mode teenagers to become leaders, self-confident and bold for positive change. Satta has become a face of persistent and true youth advocacy in Liberia inspiring many girls to feel confident, bold and powerful in raising their voices on national issues. In 2016. Satta was honored the most influential teenager Award in Liberia for her touch advocacy and stands on national issues.
In 2015 during the Ebola crisis in Liberia, Satta initiated a radio program called ‘’Kids and U’’ on Radio Joy Africa 97.5MHz in Kakata City, Margibi County to promote the rights of Children and to give children the Space to talk about issues affecting them in society. As a child then, Satta used the media to advocate while creating the space for other children to speak out, she continued to care and saved lives through her regular awareness on Ebola and its preventive measures on the show reaching out to over 15,000 children and parents during the entire crisis.
After Ebola, Satta also developed a project which eventually became a campaign titled ‘’Your Support, Our Future’’ to solicit assorted school items for orphans especially students affected by the Ebola virus Disease.

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