Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March or May. Wishing all mothers around the world in Africa, the traditional mother and the modern working mother a very happy mother’s day!
This month of May is to celebrate phenomenal women of The Gambia and this weeks focus is on Fatou B. Bensouda born 31 January 1961, is a Gambian lawyer, former government civil servant, international criminal court prosecutor and legal adviser. She has been chief prosecutor since June 2012, after having served as a Deputy Prosecutor in charge of the Prosecutions Division of the ICC since 2004. She has held positions of Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda also.
She was born in Banjul, The Gambia. She attended primary and secondary school in The Gambia before leaving for Nigeria where she graduated from the University of IFE with a Bachelor of Law (Hons) degree. She then obtained her Barrister-at-Law professional qualification from the Nigeria Law School. After acquiring a Masters of Law from the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta, she became the Gambia’s first expert in international maritime law and the Law of the sea.
Bensouda has been the recipient of various awards, most notably, the distinguished ICJ International Jurists Award (2009), which was presented by The President of India P.D Patil. Bensouda has also been awarded the 2011 World Peace through Law Award presented by the Whitney Harris World Law Institute, which recognized her work in considerably advancing the rule of law and thereby contributing to world peace. Time magazine listed Mrs. Bensouda among the 100 most influential people in the world.
She is in my book a woman/mother that is a great influence showing all African women that no matter what one puts their mind to we can achieve it all. Being a wife, mother and have the career too! With hard work and determination all is possible.