LibPositives Spotlight of the Month Satta F. Sheriff
LibPositives Spotlight of the Month Present Satta F. Sheriff
Satta F. Sheriff is a staunch Child Rights Advocate, first elected female Speaker of the Liberian Children’s Parliament, co-founder of the Joint Action Committee on Children (JACC) and the Executive Director of Youth in Action for Peace and Empowerment (YAPE). 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 Bong County to a large family. With both parents uneducated, Satta parents were determined to provide education for their children. At age six, Satta started her primary education. As she grew older, satta grew interest in advocating for her peers. Satta life changing advocacy-journey started at age nine when she joined with community leaders and successfully stopped a 13 year-old girl from being force into child-marriage with a thirty-nine year-old man. During the same year Satta became a peer educator for stigma and discrimination against children and adolescents affected by HIV/AIDS. She also became an advocate against teenage pregnancies and STDs by promoting abstinence among her peers. In years to come, Satta will organize many rallies, marches, symposiums, stakeholders, etc. in hopes of promoting and protecting the rights of children in Liberia. 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.
In 2016, Satta co-founded the Joint Action Committee on Children (JACC). Through JACC, Satta championed a national Campaign and brought justice to the families of two minors (Alvin Moses & Ruben Paye) who were mysteriously killed in 2015. In that same year Satta was elected first female Speaker of the Liberian Children from across Liberia fifteen (15) political subdivisions. In 2016 she was awarded the Diana Princess of Wales Active Campaigner Award and honored as the most influential teenager in Liberia.
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. Her monthly mentorship program encourages and mode teenagers to become leaders, self-confident and bold for positive change. Satta hopes is for every child in Liberia to be protected against harm and provided with basics Human Rights. She wishes to inspire young children stand up and fight for what they believe in.