I am passionate aboutI 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.
ActionsI 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
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.