Tijan (Sanutee) Kabbah Jr. – Women Deliver
2020

Tijan (Sanutee) Kabbah Jr.

  • Age: 20
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We, young people, are multi-talented, dynamic, and positive changemakers. Together, we can provide a platform for youth-led initiatives and nurture young people through informed, innovative, and value-driven approaches for national and global development.

- Tijan (Sanutee) Kabbah Jr.

Bio

Tijan (Sanutee) Kabbah Jr. was born and raised in Liberia. He is currently attending St. Joseph’s Catholic Mission High School. Sauntee is Vice President of the Student’s Council Government of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Mission High School, Radio Broadcaster of the Adolescent Girls and Children at Radio Kintoma in Voinjama, and Coordinator of Better Understanding For Better Liberia, Lofa Chapter.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

The moment that ignited and inspired me to advocate for equality was when an unknown man in my community raped a nine-year-old girl three years ago. I mobilized and spearheaded an organized campaign where we marched on the principal street to alarm the local government officials and our parents about the daily occurrences of sexual violence. At the end of the march, I read with tears in my eyes and presented a copy of petition with several recommendations towards the safety and well-being of the girl. It was through the brave role I played in that rape case that ignited my pursuit for a more gender-equal world.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

I spearheaded a march in seeking justice for a nine-year-old girl who got raped in my community by an unknown man. My colleagues and I marched on the principal street and petitioned our local government officials to take full responsibility for the survivor's well-being by relocating her to another part of the country or county, as well as paying her school fees for one democratic term. Through my constant engagement, resilience, and rejuvenated efforts with much interest in seeking justice for the little girl, my colleagues and I held a community engagement to discuss and get the support from the community through intellectual forums, public gatherings, market places, and radio shows. Justice was served. I, therefore, consider this my biggest win for gender equality.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

In my spare time, I enjoy reading (novels, articles, short stories, poems, memes, and biographies of purpose-driven leaders), watching adventure movies and African movies, watching TV and soccer games, networking, and making new friends by sharing jokes with them.

Languages Spoken:

  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • Mandingo (Advanced/Native)

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