Sayaka Murata

Mentored by: Carol Robles-Román

United States of America
Trip: 
Japan
"I learned about how to make important decisions as a leader in difficult situations and to talk about this issue in public. As a leader it is important to listen to the voices of others and this is exactly what I was exposed to at the Global Ambassadors Program."

Sayaka Murata co-founded the Kamonohashi Project (Kamo), which uses training and education programs to combat child sex trafficking in Cambodia. Kamo’s flagship program, the Community Factory, provides economic opportunity and stability to vulnerable women and girls. Kamo is now expanding its programs in India.

Sayaka has attended a number of conferences and workshops, including Vital Voices of Asia: Women's Leadership and Training Summit and the Second World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. She is also a member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum.  She has conducted more than 500 seminars throughout Japan to increase support and raise funds, and has documented her field experiences in a book, Meeting Numerous Obstacles: A 19-year-old addresses eradication of child trafficking, published by the PHP Institute.

Sayaka recognitions and awards include the 2008-2009 Making a Difference for Women Award from the Soroptimist Japan Foundation, the 2011 Japan Foundation Prize for Global Citizenship, and the 2012 Women’s Entrepreneur Award from the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Aid Association.