AMANDLA! VANGUARD EDITION
Amsatou Sow Sidibé, Ph.D.
Professor of Law.
First Woman Presidential Candidate, Senegal.
My Story, Your Inspiration
Starting in 1974 at the law school of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, in an overcrowded amphitheater, I told myself I would never have success in legal studies. But persistence in my efforts permitted me to become a woman. I am the first Senegalese woman who, after the State doctorate in Law at the University of Paris 2 Pantheon Sorbonne, succeeded in the competition for aggregation in legal and political science of the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES). I am a Professeur de Classe Exceptionnelle (Professor of Exceptional class), and I capitalize on 40 years of university career during which I have trained generations of students and senior executives from Senegal, Africa and elsewhere. Leader of the party Car Leneen and initiator in Senegal of the third political party, I am the first Senegalese woman candidate for the Presidential election in my country. I have served as Advisor to the President of the Republic of Senegal. A legal profession can lead to anything. Women are natural leaders. They are the backbone of families and society. They are therefore useful. Their leadership must be valued by knowledge, know-how, and competence, and guided by values. Let us be aware of our intrinsic values and trust in ourselves to build a fairer, more balanced and more united world.