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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Introducing (Salimatou Fatty)

I am a young lady of 20 years old, a 2013 graduate of SOS Herman Gmainer Technical Senior Secondary School and a resident of Bundung. I am very enthusiastic about youth, children and women’sissues with great concern about the girl child.

I started my activism when I was very young working with organisations such as Activista The Gambia, Network Against Gender-Based Violence, Peace Ambassadors The Gambia, National Voluntary Network, Youth Consortium for Progress and Global Hands The Gambia.

I am currently one of the Global Youth Ambassadors in The Gambia advocating for all children to acquire formal education.

I left the country in August to attend Peace Ambassadors International Youth Summer School in Ziguinchor where I joined the entrepreneurship development class and it was a great experience.

I bagged excellent WASSCE results with 7 credits and hopefully I will be joining the University of The Gambia in 2015 to read law because I have passion for law and wish to become a human rights lawyer one fine day.

I have achieved professional training and awarded with entrepreneurship, first aide  and peace educator certificates.

I recently opted to put on veil because I believe as a Muslim woman it is compulsory upon me to cover my whole body and Allah has chosen me among the lot to exhibit a positive behaviour.

I am an activist and my dress code matters a lot in addressing people because a change begins with one’s self, you can’t preach what you don’t practice.

This is Allah’s command. I have been going out for clubbing, wearing indecent dresses but I later realised that it is not the real life to live on and my work as an activist can’t double up with such and it is high time to stick on my religion and practice what Allah has asked his servants to do.

My challenges and fears are culture of silence, violence and people who can’t tolerate each other as President Jammeh mentioned at the UN Security Council meeting recently that “if we can’t tolerate each other the world will never see peace.”

I have passion for youth work and peace building to make the world a better place for all.

My philosophy is: Believe in yourself and believe you can do it. My favorite quote is: “Challenge yourself with something you think you could never do, and what you will find is you can overcome anything”.

Sise Sawaneh


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