Fatou Bensouda is used to performing under pressure. After serving in Gambia’s ministry of justice and working with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Bensouda knows a thing or two about taking on some of the world’s most heinous and corrupt leaders. But recently she took on her toughest assignment: holding world leaders accountable for their crimes.

On Friday Bensouda was sworn in as the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a nine-year post that will see her taking on those who commit unspeakable atrocities against their people.

Recently, the 51-year-old mother of two spoke about her new position to AllAfrica.com and explained the differences between being an international prosecutor and prosecuting national crimes.

When you get to the international level, the scale is different. You’re talking about hundreds and thousands of victims and perpetrators, about many killings and rapes at the same time… Also at the national level, prosecuting is not so difficult… [If] you want people arrested, you give orders and people are detained. You have access to your witnesses and the challenges of witness protection are not so great.

But when you come to the international level, these become huge challenges. Most of the time at the ICC, you’re operating in situations of ongoing conflict. The security situation on the ground is sometimes impossible…and because the prosecutor is the office that deploys first to the field, there is this huge responsibility to ensure that those who we talk to are not exposed…

Bensouda has a full plate with Joseph Kony, Omar al-Bashir, and growing issues in Kenya on her agenda. So it’s clear that she will be busy throughout her entire tenure with the court

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami


    So pppppppproud of you mama!!!!!!!!!

    And she is from one of my favorite countries on the continent. GAMBIA STAND UP!!!!

    BRAP BRAP BRAP!!!!!!!!

  • serwaah

    great posting – we should hear more of this kind of news. real women doing real things not just for themselves but for the world. something we can all aspire to and show that educating women does go a long way.

    thanks clutch

  • Dalili

    Hats off to Ms. Fatou Bensouda, she does Africa and women everywhere proud!!

  • http://toozii.blogspot.com BossLady

    Gambia, the Smiling Coast!! I know her family!! *proud Gambian*

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Girrrrl, is this the same boss lady that I converse with over hurr. you got a blog now hun?! Ooooowiiiiii!!! Nice, if it’s you!

  • binks

    I want to be Ms. Fatou Bensouda when I grow up! Big ups to her.

  • Candy 1

    I am happy to have read this article!

  • JC


  • Soically Maladjusted

    Yawn another tedious black (and female) first story. In other words, another black judas iscariot fronting up some white wickedness.

    Sheesh dumbs nigros would have cheered for Adolp Hitler if only he was black, just like they do for the first “black” head of the KKK – Barack Obomber.

  • Socially Maladjusted

    @The . . . whatever

    I aint asking anybody to “black first” me so your question is irrelevent. A better a question is – what are these black first nigros doing for the black community?

    Do you know what the institutions they represent do to black people?


  • Socially Maladjusted

    @The t . .

    btw you do know that hasn’t america signed up to any international human rights treaties – right?

    Why would you an american celebrate the appointment of a woman to an institution that your country wants no part of?

    Surely that makes you some kind of a traitor to your country,.

    and these uninformed illiterates are the american nigros who call themselves educated.

  • http://designsdelight.com art nouveua

    This is messed up, only Africans seems o be going to the Hague, I would like to put Sarkozy, The Blairs and the Clintons because we all know the score.

    The United Nations is full of rubbish, just internet search their links to child trafficking.

    They know black people are hungry for positions , that is why they always need a black figure head.

  • Your Name

    Hey hun,there is also another African (South) who won some global award for inventing a waterless shower. Holler to all the black peeps who are stepping out and shining!!

  • Velma


  • http://beautyinbaltimore.blogspot.com beautyinbaltimore

    congrats Fatou, more Black women like Fatou and less of Tammy and the other rachetts.

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