Of Liberty and of Knowledge
Engaged feminist Giant, filled with compassion! Her Philosophy is Freedom feminist glowing with empathy and humility, freedom is her philosophy, sharing is her creed, helping is her motto.
A lover of freedom, Fatime Faye settled 15 years ago in the small Lebou village of Toubab Dialaw.
This taste for freedom was born in Gorée where she spent her childhood running around in shorts all over the island, swimming around the island, from hours on end without her parents knowing exactly where she was. That was life in the village. Everyone knew each other and kept an eye out for each other's children. Her move to the mainland to go to high school coincided with the feeling of suffering from the loss of this freedom.
Since then, she has always questioned the conformism of society, the codes that constrain women in particular. Her life as a woman is a reflection of her free childhood with a firm will to push back the shackles.
As an engaged feminist, she brings women together for training activities that are pretexts to strengthen solidarity between them. Her house welcomes them to realize collective work. The first literacy workshop took place in her garage eight years ago. She called on people around her who can share the know-how that will benefit the community. Women can also take refuge at her home when they want to rest or temporarily stay away from family problems. This is how, in small steps, she reinforces their empowerment. This is not an easy task because women are easily stuck within their household routine and societal constraints.
She has also set up a program to keep young girls in school when they encounter difficulties. To do this, she identifies the ten best students through her friend who is a teacher and encourages others to follow their example. In 2018, the young girls she has been coaching, since the sixth grade graduated from high school. Fatime Faye finances this program based on her income during the year or by requesting support from generous contributors around her.
Her hope for the presidential elections: "It would be a good thing for this country that there is a worthy female candidate who goes very far in this election, beyond the first round; and it would be best if she wins the elections. This would be good for women because although they are politically involved, they only get the secondary roles. This would encourage women to take leadership and increase their participation in public affairs.
She is involved in a number of associations such as the Dakar Xewel Toastmasters club (personal development in communication and leadership), the Pan African leaders Network (PANel), and the Collectif Doyna Stop à la Mendicité des Enfants (Stop Child Begging.)
When we talk to her about a problem, we always leave with one of her solutions that she has in abundance in her toolbox... She is an outstanding facilitator, she is also a trainer and a life coach.
She has put a large part of her life at the service of projects in the struggle for human rights and solidarity.
She helps everyone, all the time, by all the means at her disposal: her time, her energy, her advice, her skills, her money, her house, her network?