Musu Bakoto Sawo is passionate about training communities and informing them about harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage.
Musu Bakoto was born and raised in The Gambia. She earned her master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa at the University of Pretoria and her Bachelor of Law degree at the University of The Gambia. As a Law Lecturer at the University of The Gambia, Faculty of Law, Musu Bakoto is responsible for teaching law courses assigned to her by the academic board and overseeing work done at Think Young Women. She was successful in sharing her story to bring much-needed attention to violence against women and harmful traditional practices including FGM and child marriage. She also is the National Coordinator at Think Young Women.
To Musu Bakoto, “meaningful youth engagement” means allowing youth to lead and involving them in decision-making processes, especially on relevant issues.
In her free time, Musu Bakoto enjoys doing pro bono work for individuals and organizations that need her expertise, alongside her fellow young advocates in The Gambia who share a common vision with her.