Mariatu Esther Kabba , Journalist and founder of Strong Women Strong Girls Sierra Leone working for the BBC Media Action, 2021 Mandela Washington Fellow with more than eight years’ experience in broadcast journalism has been named by twenty-two youth and women-led organizations supported by Kids Advocacy Network one of 50 Most Influential women in Sierra Leone. Just months ago, she was Among Top 15 Graduates From The Global Unites Master Trainers Academy
Mariatu KABBA is a 2021 Mandela Washington Fellow with more than eight 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 Civil Leadership certificate from Rutgers University-State University of New Jersey and a Certificate in Conflict Transformation from Global Unites Masters Academy where she emerged as one of the top 15 Graduates of the first cohort.
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. She is open to possible partnerships and collaborations that can expand her initiative to more regions across Africa and the world at large.
The Fifty Most Influential Sierra Leonean Women Award is an initiative of twenty-two youth and women-led organizations supported by Kids Advocacy Network to spotlight and recognize the important role women play towards national development in Sierra Leone and also award and celebrate those women and few institutions that are contributing towards nation-building. The award recipients represent the most influential women in Business, Government, Law, Education, Local NGOs, and Entertainment, etc.