Siga Fatima Jagne

Siga Fatima Jagne is a Gambian feminist scholar and administrator. She is the Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender at ECOWAS.


Siga Fatima Jagne has a MA from Cornell University in 1989,[1] and gained her PhD in 1994 from the State University of New York at Binghamton, with a thesis on the writers Mariama Bâ and Bessie Head.[2]

As ECOWAS Commissiner for Social Affairs and Gender, in November 2019 she helped launch 50 Million African Women Speak (50MAWS), a digital platform to help women in Africa access information to help them grow their businesses.[3] In June 2020, speaking on World Refugee Day in Abuja, Jagne promised that ECOWAS would support member states to help those affected by the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Sahel.[4]


  • (ed. with Pushpa Naidu Parekh) Postcolonial African writers: a bio-bibliographical critical sourcebook. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1998.
  • (ed.) Nation-states and the challenges of regional integration in West Africa. The case of the Gambia. Paris: Éd. Karthala, 2010


  1. ^ Jagne, The city in African literature : the rural-urban contradiction and the individual vs. the communal ethic. MA thesis, Cornell University, 1989.
  2. ^ Jagne, African women and the category 'woman': through the works of Mariama Bâ and Bessie Head. PhD thesis, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1994.
  3. ^ James Karuhanga, Networking initiative connecting 50m women entrepreneurs to take off in Kigali, The New Times, 23 November 2019. Accessed 12 August 2020.
  4. ^ Victoria Ojeme, 292,141 Nigeria Refugees seek asylum in Niger, Cameroon, Chad – UNHRC, Vangard, 18 June 2020. Accessed 12 August 2020.