– Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Isatou is a program management specialist, feminist leader, community organizer, and women’s rights activist. She has over twelve years of experience and diverse skills in the campaign against FGM/C and gender-based violence. Isatou dedicates her life to uplifting women and children to live a dignified life through education, campaigns, and advocacy. She is a co-founder of The Girls’ Agenda — one of the leading women’s rights organizations working to end FGM/C and child marriage in the Gambia. Before immigrating to the United States, she worked as an Advocacy and Campaign Officer with the Network against Gender-Based Violence in the Gambia, where she managed the Network’s advocacy, campaigns, and membership activities. She has also worked with the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health and Rights of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP) as a Field Coordinator, advocating against FGM/C, child marriage, and other forms of GBV.
As an FGM/C survivor, she uses her story to raise awareness and call for an end to the practice using a holistic and human rights-based approach. Isatou has extensive experience in developing and implementing training programs on FGM/C. She has worked with subject matter experts and conducted several training programs for law enforcement officers, health workers, social workers, religious leaders, community leaders, and circumcisers. Isatou’s work together with the efforts of other women’s rights organizations contributed to the criminalization of FGM/C in The Gambia in 2015.
Isatou is a sought-after speaker and has traveled the world speaking on topics including FGM/C, child Marriage, feminism, social justice, and youth development. She has a BA in political science from the University of The Gambia.
During her free time, Isatou enjoys cooking, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
-Policy Research Associate
Fadima Tall, a senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, is currently pursuing her studies in Political Science. Although originally born in New York, Fadima’s roots trace back to Cameroon and Mali, and she was raised in Ethiopia.
Throughout her academic journey, Fadima has undertaken significant roles, serving as both an administrative assistant and social media manager for Student Affairs. Additionally, she served as a research assistant in a qualitative research project within the field of anthropology.
Fadima’s dedication to gender equality and human rights is evident in her pursuits, a commitment she intends to deepen in graduate school. Her hands-on experience includes a fellowship at Equality Florida, where she engaged in grassroots organizing, and an internship at the Coalition on Human Needs in Washington D.C. These experiences have equipped her with valuable insights into political advocacy for marginalized groups, ultimately steering her towards her current role on the team at the Network.