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Isatou Touray

Isatou Touray is a women’s rights activist and currently the Executive Director and Founder of GAMCOTRAP. She worked with the Management Development Institute, as the Deputy Director General, from 1990 to 2005, and founded the Gender and Management Unit of the Institute. She currently serves as the Secretary General of Inter-African Committee (IAC), a network of twenty-eight African countries working on issues of female genital mutilation (FGM) and gender-based violence. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Global Majority in the United States, promoting peace-building and good governance.

Isatou is the winner of the One Hundred Heroines of the World on Human Rights by the Rochester Women’s Health Project at Rutgers University, and has been honored with The Gambia Women’s Bureau Award, the United States of America Woman of Courage Award 2008, and the Gambia News and Report Woman of the Year 2008. Her activism is focused on the fight against FGM and promotion of gender justice.

One Response to Isatou Touray

  1. Hi Isatou. I will be visiting Uganda on a humanitartian mission this June. As part of that work, our group will be going to the northern Ugandan refugee camps to continue past work by this organization, Worldwide Smiles, to give dental care and establish birthing centers, etc. As a healer and activist of consciousness, I’ve felt very drawn for a long time to begin work specifically to empower the women of all ages who have been & continue to be victimized so badly there by cultural roles, genocides, rebel forces. The camps are again filling up, this time with Congolese refugees seeking asylum through the Ugandan government from Joseph Kony and the rebel forces who have moved across the border. I’ve been told I “should” focus on the people who aren’t so deeply wounded where I would have a better chance of making more progress on this issue but I’ve always been a champion for those people, esp. women and children, who are often the most wounded. My purpose here is to hold up for them a vision of who they “really” are in hopes or until they can see this for themselves because every human being has value. I plant seeds in not only love and compassion but in personal power by shifting perceptions. I work on an on-going basis with a lot of young people, esp. women in their teens and 20s who are homeless or deeply wounded and in flux here in Seattle. I am always in service to the higher good of myself and the “All”. I am also a realist in a higher way so I’d appreciate your view on the best way to best offer support and empowerment to these African women during my trip there and through this humanitarian organization. Thanks you for all you do to make this world a better place. Blessings