Mariatu Kabba

Field of Study: Civic Engagement

Cohort: 2021

Country: Sierra Leone

Leadership Institute: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Mariatu Kabba has more than seven years? experience in broadcast journalism. Her innovative radio programming skills give voice to the marginalized as she relates inspiring stories of women and girls who push boundaries to make a mark in traditionally male-dominated areas. Currently, Mariatu is a radio mentor at BBC Media Action Sierra Leone, where she works with community stations to enhance programming, gender mainstreaming, and safeguarding. Known for her community service, peacebuilding, and gender activism, Mariatu is the co-founder and executive director of Strong Women, Strong Girls Sierra Leone, a non-profit mentorship initiative that strengthens the socioeconomic status of women and girls. An avid writer with an interest in social accountability issues, Mariatu holds a bachelor?s degree in Mass Communication from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, and is currently pursuing a course on Peacebuilding and Nonviolence at the Global Unites Master Trainers Academy. Mariatu is motivated to champion issues affecting the growth of women and girls and to provide them with the leadership skills to be successful in life. On completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, she intends to use the experience and networks gained to expand her initiative to more regions across Sierra Leone and Africa.