« Invisible Giants » is a series of events in partnership with Heinrich Böll Foundation (Dakar – Sénégal) to celebrate the African women on the continent and in the diaspora working tirelessly in their communities for social change.


The “Invisible Giants” project celebrates women in Dakar and in the countryside of Senegal, specifically Kaolack, Toubab Dialaw, Saint-Louis and Ziguinchor. These women are recognized for their commitment to their communities and their outstanding work for sustainable development. Their stories, journeys and experiences are shared and used to inspire other women working for change in their communities.

Coumba Touré

Africans Rising Movement Coordinator

I am a feminist and a women’s rights defender. These are commitments that I carry through the different organizations I work with.

Why Invisible Giants?

Faya Rose Touré is the first person to draw my attention to the invisibility of women. She said that from the civil rights movements, people all over the world know names like Martin Luther King and so on, but that there are women who did the same work for the rights of Africans in the United States who people don’t talk about. She started this commemoration to recognize and celebrate the work that these women have done.

Meet the

A series of biographies and portraits of 20 women in development or leadership from various perspectives: Politicians, feminists, women in civil society, activists engaged in their communities, and artists have all been celebrated by Invisible Giants. As a way of capturing their stories, we have compiled their biographies and portraits below to share and amplify their accomplishments.

Fatou Samba

President of the women transformers of seafood products on the Khelcom site in Bargny

Hulo Guillabert

Children's Rights Advocate

Fatime Faye

Advocate for Keeping Girls in School

Kathy Ndione

Woman from the Popenguine Reserve

Binta Sarr

Fervent Rural Women's Rights Advocate

Mame Penda Ba

University lecturer at Saint-Louis

Halimatou Souaré

A peace and development pioneer in Casamance

Patricia Gomis

Actress, Djarama Association, children's theater, Toubab Dialaw

Germaine Acogny

Dancer & Choreographer

Diao Baldé Guèye

Accountant - President of the association of physically disabled women, Saint-Louis

Hadji Fatou Drame

Toubab Dialaw

Safiétou Diop

President of Siggil Jiggen Network, Dakar

Marie Delphine Ndiaye

Fiscal expert, Dakar

Christiane Agboton Johnson

Chirurgien-dentiste, Dakar

Madeleine Devès Senghor

Juriste, Dakar