Influential Woman: Fatou Bensouda

Muslim women were well represented in the Time Magazine list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World this year. Samya wrote yesterday about three of the women, Samira Ibrahim, Manal al-Sharif and Maryam Durani, who are portrayed as women fighting against oppression and in wider media coverage are clearly identified as Muslim women, coming from “Muslim countries.” However the faith of Fatou Bensouda, who will take over as Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) this June, and who was also included in Time’s list, is rarely mentioned in media coverage of her, despite her clearly identifying as Muslim and coming from The Gambia, also a Muslim-majority country. [Read more...]