Ndèye Fatou Touré
Of Tenacity and of Brio

Unassuming Giant, feminist and defender of human rights in general.

School has been the driving force behind the success of Ndèye Fatou Touré, born in Kaolack, central Senegal, in 1960, in a family of teachers. “I was a shy girl who was just working. During holidays, I had no other activity than staying at home, reading and listening to music...” Thanks to the assignments of her father, an elementary school inspector, she was able to visit the different regions of the country at a very young age. This helped to strengthen her spirit of openness, tolerance and respect for others that had already been instilled in her by her parents".
In 1979, Ndèye Fatou was admitted to university. "I was passionate about law. Sometimes I even missed lectures for two days to attend criminal trials; and it gave me shudders..."
At the probationary test of the Bar Admission Examination in November 1984, she was the only woman out of nearly 100 candidates; she was lucky and was co-opted and chosen by the prestigious bâtonnier, head of the Bar Association, Fadilou Diop. She joined his firm as his last intern, until October 1986, one day before the birth of her eldest daughter. As a young mother, she continued her collaboration with the firm, before completing her training at Maitres Bacar Waly NDIAYE (former President of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations), Birame Sassoum SY and Bocar LY’s law firm.
She was initiated and thus practiced business law through the litigation departments of five insurance companies and three banks.

In 1985, shortly after she was sworn in as a lawyer, Ndèye Fatou Touré opened the door into the world of law first from the Association of Senegalese Jurists (AJS), then the Association of Young Lawyers, and made her way to Amnesty International while at the same time being very interested in the work of the Senegalese Human Rights Committee.

to the work of the Senegalese Human Rights Committee. "I am deeply feminist first of all, and against all injustice, deeply committed to the protection of the rights of vulnerable people. I can't help it. Whenever I am confronted with a flagrant injustice, I am inclined to volunteer to put an end to it, regardless of the gender of the victim. In fact, those who really know me are always stunned when they hear me complain about the servitude of my profession, which imposes sacrifices of all kinds, sometimes excessive.
Working with legal activists such as Mame Madior Boye, Dior Fall Sow, Habibatou Diallo Guèye, she developed her penchant for defending human rights and individual interests. She is a defense lawyer, sometimes free of charge, to provide legal assistance to people who are deprived before the law.
Also, it is part of the defense of the former mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Sall, to uphold the principle of equal treatment before the law of litigants.

In 2007, Ndèye Fatou Touré was elected to the National Assembly as a deputy for the citizen movement "Tekki" led by Mamadou Diallo. "I then tried my best to show that a woman in politics can do even better than some men, and that she can respond, just as much to people's problems. " During her office term, she committed to defending the civil, economic and social rights of her fellow citizens. She relentlessly questioned some ministers and prime ministers of the republic, especially those in charge of energy, sanitation and rural development, economy and finance, etc. during the five years she served at the National Assembly, by undertaking documents research herself by her own means and by training in financial and budgetary matters, among others.
She did the same for the floods in the suburbs by photographing, on a daily basis, the places in certain communes most affected by the waters, stepping out of her role as a lawyer to strengthen her expertise on technical issues. She had in mind to ensure the control of public policies carried out by the executive on behalf of the population. She also monitored Human Rights, for example, by dealing with prison overcrowding. On many occasions, it has brought the matter to the attention of the Minister of Justice in particular, after a tour of prisons in five regions, in order to bring him to resolve cases of excessively long pre-trial detention.
When she entered politics, she wanted the specificity of women to be taken into account, particularly in the sectoral budgets of public policies. But after five years, she preferred to return to her professional life, because the political battles of the past had distanced her from her goal of being at the service of the people to assert their rights, which must be better guaranteed by sufficiently protective standards, better respected by unequivocal measures and effectively implemented.
Ndèye Fatou has multiplied certificates in international human rights law (IHRL), international humanitarian law (IHL) and international criminal law (ICP). She holds six certificates awarded by the International Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg, Fondation René Cassin, the United Nations Peacekeeping Centre, the International Association of Defense Lawyers (ICDAA) in order to be ready to intervene in African justice mechanisms for the defense of human rights, as she has been on the list of counsel of the ICC for three years.

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