European Commission Announces Winners Of Annual Peace Scholarship Including Liberian Child Rights Advocate

Satta Sheriff, Liberia’s child rights advocate

LONDON: One Young World today announces the 30 young leaders who will join the 2019 One Young World Peace Ambassador programme, in partnership with the European Commission. The programme was developed to accelerate the efforts of young people in preventing and countering violent extremism (PCVE), building peace, and promoting conflict resolution globally.

As part of the One Young World Peace Ambassador programme, young leaders from all four corners of the globe will participate in the annual One Young World Summit and be exposed to a network of likeminded changemakers. They will also attend an exclusive workshop with high end senior experts on PVCE.

This year, the annual One Young World Summit returns to London for its 10th anniversary and will host over 2,000 young leaders from more than 190 countries – all gathered to discuss global challenges alongside world-leaders and generate innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.

The 2019 One Young World Peace Ambassadors from Africa include;

Alimatou Fatty, The Gambia – Globally recognised gender advocate and peace educator, Salimatou is the founder and CEO of an organization that campaigns for gender equality and quality education for all.

Satta Sheriff, Liberia – Satta is a child rights advocate, first elected female Speaker of the Liberian Children’s Parliament and Executive Director of Youth in Action for Peace and Empowerment which advocates for Liberian Children, girls and other vulnerable groups in society.

Bikoumini Nevyl Blandier Miche, Republic of the Congo – Pro-democracy advocate and incumbent Secretary-General of the Congolese Youth Association Without Limits for Education, Bikoumini works to relieve poverty and advance education in the Republic of Congo.

Bilaly Dicko, Mali – Bilaly works for the UN in Mali attempting to turn the crisis in the Sahel into a development opportunity, and is the CEO of Timbuktu Youth Empowerment Program, which is funded by the US Department of State to promote peace.

Edith Eliette Nguedia Nkembiet, Cameroon – Edith works to promote equal human rights issues and sustainable development goals through her work at the United Nations in Africa and the Americas.

Foni Jocye Vuni, South Sudan – Foni is co-chair to the UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council, which consults on issues relating to the protection and development of young people.

Tresor Makunya Muhindo, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Advocate for the establishment of an egalitarian society in DRC.

Winta Yemane, Eritrea – After witnessing Eritrean people arrested without a trial or forced to serve indefinite military service, Winta gives a voice to the voiceless in one of world’s worst countries for press censorship.

Wildiley Barroca, Sao Tome and Principe – Former PR and Communications advisor for the Vice President, and founder of the National Youth Parliament for Water, which works to promote youth participation in the democratic process.

Kate Robertson, founder of One Young World, said: “This will be our third cohort of Peace Ambassadors in partnership with the European Commission and I am continuingly blown away by their expertise and commitment – and the difference they are already making in the world.

“From conflict to extremism to climate change and socio-economic inequalities we are seeing global issues continuingly being ignored by the older generation. The younger generation are standing up and saying this is not good enough, they are sparking movements and creating a world we want to live in.

“We are delighted to be working with the European Commission on the Peace Ambassadors initiative, which champions the vision and energy of young leaders the world over.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.