Satta F Sheriff

Country representing

Liberia

Languages

English

Current organisation

Youth in Action for Peace and Empowerment

Current role

Founder/ Executive Director

Skills and Expertise

Activism

Areas of interest

Human Rights

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I am very passionate about Children Rights, Gender equality and Peace. The Core idea of my work is “Advocacy for the Rights of Children” With Emphasis on Violence against Children. In Liberia, children account for the most number of abuse cases and injustices. Every day, there are either horrifying reports of rape, child abuse, mysterious deaths of Children, kidnapped or trafficking of children and girls. According to Liberia Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection 2017 Sexual Gender Based Violence report about 1,685 cases were reported, of the total number reported 62.4% were cases of children under the ages of 17 years; sadly the Liberian Senate have voted to amend the New Rape Law of Liberia. In 2017 the Liberian Senate doing its 60th day sitting of the 6th session voted to amend the New Rape law of Liberia. The amendment recommended that an accused person on bail for the commission of the crime of Rape should report to the court on a monthly basis. About 62% of Children of the primary school age are out of school (UNICEF 2016 Liberia). On the streets and every corner of Liberia child Street selling has increased with many Liberian children as breadwinners for families as they risk their lives everyday between cars to sell, cold water, candy and petit commodities. We have a national children’s law yet crimes are continuously perpetrated against children with majority of the culprits not prosecuted. As way of reducing violence against children and ensuring that the lives of children are improved and protected in Liberia, I have been consistently engaging stakeholders in Liberia. I begin advocating for the rights of children at age nine (9). Over the years, I have been working to improve the living conditions of Children and ensuring that justice is served to every child affected by abuse and violence. I organize rallies, sit-in actions, Petitions, and different marches to fight for the rights of children which hold government officials accountable.

Actions

I am the founder of Youth in Action for Peace and Empowerment (YAPE), a children and youth driven NGO founded to advocate, promote, empower, and defend the rights of Liberian Children and vulnerable groups. In 2018 YAPE launched a national campaign to fight the Liberian Senate decision to amend the New Rape Law of Liberia. The amendment recommended that an accused person on the commission of the crime of Rape (Statutory and Gang Rape) should report to the court on a monthly basis. Our goal is to stop the Liberian senate and ensure that the Rape Law is in the best interest of every Liberian Child victimized by rape. In 2017 a 13 year-old was raped and impregnated by a lawmaker. Through my advocacy an investigation was conducted, the lawmaker was arrested and his case was sent to court. I was warned of being jailed but my voice never went silent. In 2015 I was elected first female Speaker of the Liberian Children’s Parliament where I served, advocated and represented all the voices of Children from the fifteen (15) political subdivisions of Liberia. Through my advocacy as Speaker, I have given justice, improved and impacted the lives of thousands of children and girls in Liberia. In 2016, I co-founded the Joint Action Committee on Children (JACC) to advocate and protect children rights in Liberia. Through this medium; I was able to champion a Campaign to bring justice to the families of two Liberian minors (Alvin Moses & Ruben Paye) who were mysteriously killed in 2015. In 2017, I was named among the 50 most impacting Young Female Leaders in Africa by One World Foundation. In 2016, I was awarded Diana Princess of Wales Active Campaigner and named the Most Influential Teenager in Liberia for defending the rights of children and ensuring safe spaces for girls and children in Liberia. In 2015 during the Ebola period, I initiated a radio program called ‘’Kids and U’’ designed to promote the rights of Children reaching out to over 20,000 children and parents.