Musu Bakoto Sawo is a defender of human rights with nearly 20 years of experience advocating for the rights of women and children. She holds an LLM degree in human rights and democratization and has served in leadership roles for several nongovernmental and community-based organizations. In her career, she has translated her knowledge and professional experience into capacity building, research, networking, program development, and practical engagement with human rights mechanisms and grassroots organizations and platforms.
Through her work as national coordinator for Think Young Women, as a lecturer in law at the University of The Gambia, and in her work with grassroots communities dedicated to women and girls, Musu has gained considerable experience practicing the principles of human rights. She is committed to ending female genital mutilation, child marriages, and other traditional practices that are harmful to women and children. As a master of global affairs student, Musu is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.