Dr. Isatou Touray
Dr. Isatou Touray co-founded and is the Executive Director of the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP), which fights against discriminatory practices, gender violence, forced and early marriages, and female genital mutilations. She held positions in multiple organizations such as One Billion Rising, the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, Musawah, and the Network of Women Living under Muslim Laws. Dr. Touray also founded the Gender Unit of the Management Development Institute in her country and introduced a diploma in Gender and Development. Dr. Touray ran for the December 1, 2016 presidential election, before backing opposition candidate Adama Barrow. Following Barrow’s victory, Dr. Touray was appointed Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment on February 1. Dr. Touray holds an MA in Development Studies (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague) and a Ph.D. in Development Studies (University of Sussex).