Mariama Coneh

2022 Fellow from The Gambia

Mariama Coneh has more than two years of experience working as a human rights advocate. Currently, Mariama serves as program associate at the Women's Association for Victims' Empowerment, focusing on different initiatives of the Never Again campaign in the transitional justice process of The Gambia. Through her work in the organization, she has engaged with international and local civil society organizations to advocate for the implementation of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission?s recommendations to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable. She volunteers at the Hart House, a foundation for children with learning disabilities, and she also serves as a research assistant at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt on the local perception of regional bodies research project in The Gambia. Mariama holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science. She is committed to advocating for marginalized groups in society, including victims of human rights violations and people with disabilities. She aspires to be an agent of change who contributes to a more inclusive society. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Mariama plans to apply what she has learned to her advocacy work and to transfer her new skills to young people in her community.

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