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Dr. Isatou Touray

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Employment History

  • Executive Director and Senior Consultant
  • Deputy Director
  • V-Day Coordinator
    One Billion Rising
  • Co-Founder and Executive Director
    the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children
  • Chair
    the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children
  • Member, Traditional Practices Affecting the Health
    the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children
  • Executive Director
    The Gambia Committee
  • Director of the Gender Studies Department
    Management Development Institute
  • Deputy Director
    Management Development Institute
  • West Africa Coordinator

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MA , Development Studies
    Institute of Social Studies , The Hague
  • PhD , Development Studies
    Institute of Development Studies
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Dr. Isatou ..., 30 Sept 2015 [cached]
Dr. Isatou Touray
Dr. Isatou Touray is the Executive Director and Senior Consultant of GAMCOTRAP, an organization creating awareness about traditional practices in The Gambia. Until June 2006, Dr. Touray served as the GAMCOTRAP Deputy Director General, Co-coordinator of Gender and Development Programmes and Senior Consultant. Dr. Touray's former positions include Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the World Bank's Women in Development Project, Trainer of Field Workers on Extension Education and Women and Development Programmes for the Rural Development Institute, and Co-coordinator of the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children. Dr. Touray received the FAMEDEV Gender Award (2011), United States of America Woman of Courage Award (2008) and Gambia News and Report Woman of the Year (2008). Dr. Touray received a PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.
UPDATE: Gambia: Call for withdrawal of ..., 22 Oct 2010 [cached]
UPDATE: Gambia: Call for withdrawal of case after Dr. Touray & Bojang-Sissoho released on bail
Dr. Isatou Touray, the Executive Director and Amie Bojang- Sissoho, Programme Coordinator for the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP) were arrested on Monday October 11th, 2010 by Gambian security personnel, detained at the Banjul Police station and then whisked to Banjul Magistrates Court the following day October 12th, which refused them bail and sent them to Mile Two Central Prisons.
Dr. Isatou Touray and Ms. Amie Bojang-Sissoho have for many years been active in the promotion of gender equality, rights of women and children, particularly in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation and other discriminatory practices.
Dr Touray is also Secretary General of the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC). She was named 'Gambian of the Year' in 2008 by The News and Report Weekly Magazine for her work around FGM and promoting the rights of women and children. Dr. Touray is a board member of Women Living Under Muslim Laws for the past two years, and both women have been active in the network which promotes and protects the rights of women, especially in Muslim contexts and communities.
The Coalition for Human Rights in The Gambia is calling on the Gambia Government to respect the constitutional and human rights of Dr. Isatou Touray and Amie Bojang Sissoho.
Rising: Gambia releases a report and video from their rising - One Billion Rising Revolution, 17 Feb 2014 [cached]
Meanwhile the V-Day Coordinator for West Africa, Dr. Isatou Touray has completed a capacity building tour in Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Mali and Senegal to help grassroots women's organizations to build their movements and join the one billion rising to end gender based violence. She expressed satisfaction with what she has seen in the various countries and noted that there is determination to end violence in all parts of the world. She observed the need for solidarity amongst women and called on the governments to enforce their policies and laws to protect women and girls from all forms of violence.
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V-Day Coordinator, Dr. Isatou Touray on tour of West Africa on the One Billion Rising 2014 in Port Loko District, Sierra Leone,Katy District Mali
Gambia is the 27th sub-Saharan African ..., 1 Dec 2015 [cached]
Gambia is the 27th sub-Saharan African country to now have legislation against female genital mutilation, said Dr. Isatou Touray of the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children.
MEET A DEFENDER: DR ISATOU ..., 21 Mar 2014 [cached]
Dr. Isatou Touray, co-founder and executive director of Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP), is committed to 'knife-dropping', or ending the brutal custom of FGM in her country.
File 2485 In alliance with other activists, she established GAMCOTRAP in 1984 to to protect the sexual and reproductive health rights of women and children in The Gambia against such practices as FGM, early and forced marriage, and violence against women.
These successes have come at a price for Dr Touray, who has long been targeted for her work.
She had to resign from her position as Deputy Director General of The Management Development Institute, where she had established a gender and development unit, after receiving repeated warnings from authorities about her gender equality advocacy.
She has twice been accused on false charges, both of which were eventually dropped. The second of these times she was imprisoned and only released after paying an exorbitant bail of 36,000 euros.
Women Human Rights Defenders, such as Dr Touray, are perceived as particularly challenging to the status quo, and are systematically targeted in order to discredit and silence them. Several WHRDs have been imprisoned, and President Jammeh has stated that he can not personally guarantee the safety of anti-FGM activists.
Despite these threats, Dr Touray continues her vital work, fighting for women's health and human rights in a society that decrees most women second-class citizens.
Dr. Touray has been recognised with a number of awards, including 2008 'Gambian of the Year', the 2008 US Ambassadorial Prize for 'International Woman of Courage', and the 2011 FAMEDEV Gender Award.
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