Musu Bakoto Sawo, Photo taken from Facebook
The Truth Reconciliation and Reparations’ Commission (TRRC) in The Gambia has a new Deputy Executive Secretary in the name of Musu Bakoto Sawo.
According to a media release from the Media Advisory of the TRRC and posted by the Executive Secretary, Baba Galleh Jallow, on his Facebook timeline, Musu was appointed in accordance with Section 22 of the TRRC Act, 2017.
Musu’s appointment was made in consultation with the Executive Secretary and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubacarr Tambadou.
Reacting to her appointment, Musu said she was honoured by the opportunity and prayed that she remain grounded and true to the objectives of the commission while in office.
She further said: “My aim is to have an inclusive TRRC that takes into account all the different dynamics that may exclude certain voices, i.e. women and girls. I am excited to begin this journey and I am hopeful that the TRRC will take the most appropriate measures to ensure that the victims of human rights violations under the past regime get the justice they desire.”
Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow, Executive Secretary of the TRRC said they are very fortunate to have Musu Bakoto Sawo on their leadership team.
“Musu brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in human rights law, democratization, and gender and child rights advocacy which will be invaluable to our work at the TRRC. Her appointment also demonstrates our commitment to promoting the voices of women, young people and children, especially girl-children in our TRRC process,” he said.
Musu Bakoto Sawo is a law lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of The Gambia. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Human rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of The Gambia. Musu is the National Coordinator of Think Young Women and Programme Officer for The Girl Generation in The Gambia.
Among other notable achievements, Musu was co-Recipient of the 2017 Vera Chirwa award by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria in recognition of her advocacy for the rights of women and girls in The Gambia, and for being a leading African voice in the fight against harmful practices especially Female Genital Mutilation. In 2018, Queen Elizabeth of England awarded her the 52nd Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of her exceptional voluntary service in promoting women’s empowerment and campaign to end FGM.