Sadya Touré
President, women's rights activist Mali Muso

Sadya Touré is a young Women's Rights activist and president of Mali Muso, an organization which sensitizes on gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, and empowers uneducated young women and girls through scholarships and training them in the art of storytelling. She is a writer, blogger, and author of the book Etre une Femme Ambitieuse au Mali (Being an Ambitious Woman in Mali), which contributes to the debates surrounding the empowerment of women and gender equality. Formerly, Sadya was a member of the National Children's Parliament at the ages of 13 and 14 years old. Sadya was also nominated by the Confederation of West African Youth as one of the 100 Most Influential Young People in West Africa. She graduated from Kansas State University’s Staley School of Leadership in Civic Engagement and is an alumna of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

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