Fatou established the ARTICLE 19 regional office for West Africa in Senegal in 2010. She represented ARTICLE 19 in IFEX lead advocacy, and the Tunisia Monitoring Group, and supported programmes development for ARTICLE 19 in Tunisia from 2011 to 2012. She has more than 18 years’ experience working on human rights in Africa.
Fatou began her human rights career in the Gambia in 1999 at the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) as Programme Officer. She is a co-founder of the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders in the Gambia, set up after the April 2000 killings of students. She also previously worked as a freelance Producer & Presenter at the Gambia National TV.
From 2002 to 2005, Fatou coordinated ARTICLE 19’s work to assist the African Commission on Human and People’ Rights (ACHPR) to adopt a landmark Declaration on Freedom of Expression in Africa and worked with the ACPHR Focal Point to develop the framework for the mechanism of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression in Africa. She serves in several working groups and regional oversight committees including the Africa Regional Advisory Group (RAG) of Amnesty International to provide strategic advice to Regional Offices and Amnesty Sections and Structures.
She holds an LLM in Economic and Communication Law and Master’s Degree in International Law, from the University of Toulouse, Capitole and a Bachelor of Comparative Law (English Law Specialty) University of Toulouse and Cambridge.