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Gambian Rights Advocate, Musu Bakoto Sawo Emerges Daily Trust African Of 2020

 

Musu Bakoto Sawo, Gambian rights advocate and lecturer, has emerged as Daily Trust African of 2020.

In a statement on Sunday, Nura Daura, acting chief executive officer (CEO) of Daily Trust, said a seven-man panel led by former Botswana President Festus Mogae picked and announced Sawo after a “rigorous” process.

“A key consideration for Musu Bakoto Sawo’s selection was that in this period of COVID-19, women have been particularly impacted negatively, especially during the lockdown when a lot of husbands lost their jobs, resulting in, among other tendencies, domestic violence in the homes,” Daura said.

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“So, with Musu championing the rights of women in any part of Africa, which is largely a traditional society, she is deemed to be promoting a great cause, and therefore found worthy of selection for the award.

“The award comes with a cash prize of $10,000. The presentation of the award will be done sometime in March, this year, in Banjul, The Gambia.”

The Daily Trust chairman quoted Mogae as saying: “Musu Bakoto deserves the award for her continuous work to end violence against girls and women, including child marriage and female genital mutilation.”

Musu, a 30-year-old lawyer, is known for her efforts in combating violence against girls and women — including child marriage and female genital mutilation.

The lawyer who was married at the age of 14 and widowed at 21 is also a victim of genital mutilation.

Musu defied the odds and strove to have an education, and she has risen to the position of a university lecturer.

Denis Mukwege, a Congolese medical doctor, is the first winner of the Daily Trust African Award.

The newspaper began recognising exceptional Africans in 2008.

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