Gambia & University of the Witwatersrand, 2021
Isatu Bokum is a videographer, editor, content developer and filmmaker and currently works as the Communications Officer at State of Mic Multimedia, one of the biggest multimedia companies in The Gambia. She is a women and girls’ rights advocate and started her non-profit organisation dubbed Girls Talk Organisation. Through Girls Talk she advocates for the rights and well-being of girls and young women in an effort to eradicate cultural norms and traditional beliefs that continuously stunt their growth and limit their ability to reach their fullest potential.
Isatu spearheads initiatives in order to contribute to the shape the mindsets of people in her society about girls and women’s rights. Through her organisation, she has reached more than 10,000 girls and young women both online and offline through mentorship and sensitisation programs, advocacy outreaches, career development programs, capacity building programs and media campaigns.
She is an exceptional leader and has in many ways impacted her community and those around her. She is committed to starting a recreational hub to provide safe spaces for girls and young women to achieve their goals, learn skills to empower and enable them grow spiritually, mentally and psychologically. Isatu is also a Youtuber and produces vlogs promoting The Gambia, its people, places and culture.