Madjiguène Cissé

Madjiguène Cissé (born in 1951) is a Senegalese activist, former spokeswoman of the undocumented immigrants movement and founder of the Women's Network for Sustainable Development in Africa.


Cissé was born in Dakar. Her parents were illiterate when they moved from the countryside to Dakar. Her ambitious and progressive father learned to read and got his driving license. At his request, Cissé started attending school in 1958. In 1968, she took part in demonstrations.[1] After she obtained the Baccalauréat, she started her German studies. In 1974, she was granted a two-year scholarship to study in Saarbrücken, Germany.

She subsequently went back to Dakar and worked as a German teacher in a high school. In 1993, as a mother of three, she stayed in Paris for her daughter's studies. Although she had a legal residence permit, she discovered and joined the undocumented workers movement in March 1996 and became one of its spokespeople.[2][3]

In 2000, she went back to Dakar[4] where she co-founded the Women's Network for Sustainable Development in Africa (French: Réseau des femmes pour le développement durable en Afrique, REFDAF) and became its director. The network aims at improving women's living standards through education, support actions to develop employment, and granting microcredits.[2][5]

Published worksEdit

  • Parole de sans-papiers, 1999. (in French)
  • Papiere für alle. Die Bewegung der Sans Papiers in Frankreich, A Verlag, Hamburg, 2002, ISBN 978-3924737450. (in German)



  1. ^ La Plongée Perle, Abfragedatum: 21. (in German)
  2. ^ a b Picot, Jeanne (2013). "Cissé, Madjiguène [Dakar 1951]". In Didier, Béatrice; Fouque, Antoinette; Calle-Gruber, Mireille (eds.). Le dictionnaire universel des créatrices (in French). Éditions des femmes. p. 971. ISBN 9782721006516.
  3. ^ Baumard, Maryline (August 23, 2016). "En 2016, le combat pour la régularisation des sans-papiers se joue sur les lieux de travail". Le Monde (in French).
  4. ^ "Madjiguène Cissé quitte la France". Libération (in French). July 26, 2000.
  5. ^ Frasnetti, Joëlle (January 4, 2010). "Madjiguène Cissé : l'ex-sans-papière aide les femmes à créer des richesses (III)". (in French).

External linksEdit