Passionate about girls‘ leadership development, Ms. Rocha has a degree in Business and Development Management with over 15 years of experience in implementing gender, health and wellness programs for adolescents and youth.
Maricou has worked with various Non-Governmental Organizations in management and high level advocacy. She is currently the Project Manager for the Girls‘ Leadership Kick-Off Program at Plan Senegal and a member of the network of young feminists in Francophone West Africa.
Maricou is also President of the Board of Directors and co-founder of the network „Youth Women for Action“ (YWA/Senegal). Always concerned with the interests of youth, namely the respect of human rights, her fight has been and still is the promotion of empowerment, the participation of young girls in development by strengthening their capacity to become committed citizens, while promoting their effective participation in the development and implementation of policies and programs through institutions and mechanisms.