Hadja Idrissa Bah

Activist Type
Women's Rights, Children's Rights

Hadja Idrissa Bah is a child’s rights and women’s rights activist from Guinea who was born in 1999. She was elected as the President of the Guinean Children’s Parliament in 2016 when she was just 17 years old. During her tenure, Bah advocated for children’s rights and focused particularly on fighting against female genital mutilation (FGM). She founded the Guinea Girl Leaders Club in 2016 to educate young women about the harms of early marriage and to discourage parents from forcing their daughters into marriage at a young age. The club also campaigns against FGM, which is prevalent in Guinea, with an estimated 97% of Guinean women aged 15-49 having undergone the practice. Bah is outspoken on several other issues related to women’s rights, including domestic and sexual violence and the stigma around female sexuality.

In recognition of her efforts, Bah was selected as one of 57 young French-speaking people from around the world to participate in the LabCitoyen program in 2019 to discuss women’s rights and equality. She was also invited to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in March 2020 to discuss women’s rights. Bah’s dedication to improving the lives of women and children in Guinea is a testament to her passion and commitment to social justice.

Artwork by
Nickson Jeremia Kimaro

The artwork's color palette draws inspiration from the vibrant hues of the Guinea flag, symbolizing the values of sacrifice, justice, and solidarity embodied by Hadja Idrissa Bah.

Guinea

Selman Peace Post Guinea  Flag
Population
13.53 million
Capital
Conakry
GDP (PPP)
$1,281
Founded
October 2, 1958
Total Area
245,836 km2
Demonym
Guinean
Government
Presidential republic
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