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Bonface Ophiyah Enock Massah
Field of Study: Civic Engagement
Leadership Institute: The Presidential Precinct
Bonface Massah has more than 15 years of experience in disability rights and development. Currently, Bonface is country director at Standing Voice and commissioner at the Malawi Human Rights Commission. In these roles, he promotes disability rights and the protection of children and the elderly. He is a social inclusion expert with a research background in inclusive education and violence against women and girls. He is particularly concerned about the rights of people albinism, who are being targeted for ritual sacrifices in Malawi. Bonface holds a master’s degree in Disability and Development Studies. He is committed to fighting injustices and inspiring youth with disabilities, their parents, and their communities. A 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow, Bonface believes in celebrating diversity and the abilities of minority groups. Bonface credits the Fellowship with improving his advocacy, providing a platform for his cause, and introducing him to the unwavering leadership qualities manifested in the fight for the rights and protection of people with disabilities.