Africa4Girls 2030

Louise Cord (France)

Louise Cord is the Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Mauritania, based in Dakar, Senegal. A US national, she joined the Bank in 1991 as a Young Professional in the Bank’s Young Professional Program. She has since held various positions in the Bank’s poverty reduction and sustainable development departments, working specifically on inclusive growth, poverty reduction and rural development. She has worked in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern and Central Europe.

Nimco Ali (Somalia)

Nimco Ali OBE is a Somali social activist and independent training consultant. She is a co-founder and the Director of the Daughters of Eve non-profit organization.

Alimatou Dimonekene (England)

Alimatu Dimonekene has dedicated her life to stopping FGM as well as other violent and exploitative practices toward women and girls, both here in the UK and across the globe. Winner of the True Hero Award 2015 for her work in tackling FGM, Alimatu has used her experiences as an FGM survivor in working extensively with key agencies, including UN Women (UK), The Home Office, Metropolitan Police, NHS and the NSPCC.

Phumzile Mlambo Ngucka (South Africa)

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is a South African politician and United Nations official, and is currently serving as the Executive Director of UN Women with the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Domtila Chenseng (Kenya)

Domtila Chesang is the co-founder of Beyond FGM, an organization that fights to end FGM. Domtila hails from West Pokot County where FGM prevalence is over 75% though in some remote villages the prevalence is still at 100%. Due to the work she does, today she is well known, and has received an award from the queen in the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Fellowship 2017. She is the 2nd born in a family of 6 and the eldest daughter of her mother. She was born into a polygamous family where her father had three wives, and 16 children all together. Being the eldest sister, she took up responsibilities from a tender age, to look after her siblings.

Jaha Dukureh (Gambia)

Jaha Dukureh is a 2018 nobel peace prize nominee and named one of Time 100 most influential people in the world. Jaha has expertise working with government, grassroots organizations and media both in her mother country The Gambia, and in Atlanta, USA. She has push ed for law changes both in the US and in The Gambia. Her work led to the girls protection act and was also responsible for a study commissioned by former United States President Obama to look at the number of women affected by FGM.

Ndeye Saly Diop Dieng (Senegal)

Ndèye Saly Diop Dieng is a scientist diplomate from ENSUT the current (Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique - UCAD) in technology in electronic engineering. This allows her to integrate Senelec (the national Electricity company) where she worked from 1980 to 2011. And, the actual Minister of women held many positions of responsibility in this society.

Christine Nanjala (Kenya)

Christine Nanjala is the head of the anti-FGM prosecution unit in Kenya. She leads several projects like an 24/7 FGM and Child mariage hotline, that allow Kenyans to makea report about a case of FGM or child mariage.

Mohamed Nasheed (Maldives)

Mohamed Nasheed is a Maldivian politician and activist. He is former President of the Maldives. Popularly addressed as the ‘Mandela of the Maldives’ for his advocacy of human rights and democratic governance, he became the first democratically elected president in Maldivian history. He started his career as a political journalist and became an iconic personality by playing an important role in the removal of the authoritarian rule of Maumoon Gayoom. Having faced police detention and physical torture for his political ideology, he went on to become the Amnesty International “Prisoner of Conscience” thereby making room for a more liberalized and non violent political culture in Maldives. He has been honored with various awards for his environmental consciousness and for exposing the vulnerability of the nations to the hazards of carbon emissions. His never ending efforts directed at fighting the adversities of climate change got him the title of ‘Hero of the Environment’ by…

Dayo Okewale (England)

Dayo Okewale is the Founder and Managing Director of Who’s Got Game Basketball, the organisation specialises in using sport as a tool for social change and development. Former professional basketball player, Dayo believes sport is an underused medium for teaching and instilling life and social skills, he is passionate with the in promoting the use of sport as a tool for education and change.

Malick Sall (Senegal)

A native of Dianthiadi, Mr. Malick Sall Senegalese minister of justice graduated from Cheikh Anta Diop University and joined the Dakar Bar in 1982.

Mabingue Ngom (Senegal)

Mabingué Ngom, Regional Director for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the 23 West and Central African countries, is based in Dakar, in Senegal. This 57 year-old Senegalese specialist in development and public policies, who trained in Dakar (Senegal) and Washington (USA), was Program Advisor at the International Planned Parenthood Federation in Nairobi (Kenya), and subsequently Portfolio Manager for Africa and Team Leader for West and Central Africa at the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in Geneva, Switzerland. He joined UNFPA in New York in 2008 as Director of the Program Division and Emergency Director.

Ba Tambadou (Minister of Justice of The Gambia)

Tambadou first worked as a public prosecutor at the Gambian Ministry of Justice from 1997 to 1999, ensuring national prosecution of local crimes. He then worked as state counsel from 1999 to 2000, with supervisory responsibilities over public prosecutors. He then went into private legal practice, working at Sheriff M. Tambadou Law Chambers in Banjul from 2000 to 2003, with a particular focus on human rights law.

Dr. Isatou Touray (Vice President of The Gambia)

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.

Al-Azhar Al-Sharif (Deputy Grand Imam - Egypte)

Egypt’s renowned Islamic institution, al-Azhar al-Sharif, has been serving the Islamic World for more than 1,000 years. Built in Cairo in 971 AD by Johar al-Siqilli on the order of the Fatimid Caliph al-Mu’iz, and named in the honor of Fatima Al-Zahraa, daughter of the Prophet Mohammad, al-Azhar soon became the focus of Muslim scholars and students from around the world. Over the centuries it played a key role in teaching Islam and preserving Islamic culture.

Comfort Momoh MBE

Comfort Iyabo Amah Momoh, MBE is a British midwife who specializes in the treatment of female genital mutilation. Born in Nigeria, Momoh is a member of the British FGM national clinical group, established in 2007 to train health professionals in how to deal with the practice.