Honorable, Dr. Fatoumata Jahumpa Ceesay, a wife, mother, and grand-mother, a trained journalist by profession, and a seasoned international leader with track record of decades of public service both on a national and international levels.
In Gambia, Hon. Ceesay held various leadership positions from state to National levels including presidential spokeswoman and press secretary. At the Gambia National Assembly, she served at various capacities including but not limited to the Chair Women and Children Affairs, and the National Speaker of the Assembly, She has served in many committees including Women & Children Rights, Foreign Affairs, and Defense & Peace committee.
In West Africa, Honorable Dr. Ceesay served at Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at various capacities as well, from Resource Person for ECOWAS on Gender to Regional Stakeholders Consultative Forum. She is the first Woman to hold a Deputy Speaker position in the ECOWAS Parliament; and founding member and Coordinator of the Economic Community of Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFEPA).
She headed and participated in several missions from Peace Keeping, Conflict Resolution, Reconciliation; Fact Finding, Elections Observation, omen Peace Missions, and Negotiations for countries such as Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinean Bissau, Benin/Nigeria border, Liberia, and MANU River, Pakistan, Kenya, Botswana, Lesotho on behalf of Commonwealth and ECOWAS.
She remained a Member of Elections Observer for ECOWAS, AU, OIC and Commonwealth in Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Benin, Senegal, Liberia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, India, Botswana, Lessotho, Kuwait and Taiwan.
Hon. Fatoumata Jahumpa Ceesay has been elected to serve the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) at various levels from Executive Council, to Board of Directors. In 2008 she was elected as President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and she became the first woman to hold the president office at CPA. She continued to serve many countries and organizations as an International Consultant on Gender, Governance, Electoral Reforms, Parliamentary, Peace/Conflict Mediation, and Children Affairs.
Hon. Jahumpa Ceesay’s passion for women rights, Family Rights Advancement, and children’s affairs, peace and security issues; has earned her several national and global awards.