Mariama Colley / gender right activist

Mariama Colley is a radio personality, gender right activist, stage and film actress, whose passion is rooted in utilizing art as a platform to effect change within her community. In The Gambia, where harmful traditional practices such as, child marriage and FGM are still prevalent, she is recognized for rejecting and speaking up against societal issues affecting women and girls in the Gambia.

Mariama in particular uses her radio platform by hosting a mentorship show for young people on pertinent societal issues affecting their community.

In 2013, Mariama was nominated for the African Oscars Awards. Her professional experience aims at creating impactful screen plays and films that would disseminate solutions in making the world a better place for everyone to live in. Mariama volunteers in her community by educating women about their rights, speaking up on violence against women, teenage pregnancy and irregular migration; just a few of the topics she touches on.

Mariama was recently awarded National Certificate of Merit as Youth of the Month by The Gambian Ministry of Youths and Sports, in collaboration with the Balance Group, for her contribution to national development. In 2018, Mariama was selected to take part in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Mariama is also the founder of Studio 411 Production, a vehicle she plans on using to highlight empowering stories.

Mariama recently got selected by Global Peace Chain as a country director for peace in her country the Gambia.