Thursday, December 17, 2009

"Best" Burkina Proverbs

BBC Correspondent Peter "Pierre" Kazoni interviews Scholastique Kompaoré; photo by Brenda Gael McSweeney

Peter "Pierre" Kazoni, BBC Correspondent resident in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, launched a series for the BBC in November 2009 on "Best Proverbs."

Listen below (under the French version) to his conversation with Scholastique Kompaoré, President of the Marche Mondiale des Femmes - Burkina, on her "best" proverb in Mooré, the language of the majority ethnic group in Burkina, the Mossi people.

Filmed by Brenda Gael McSweeney, edited by Kassia Karr. 

Peter "Pierre" Kazoni interviewing Ami Kiello

He then elicited a "best" proverb in Fulfulde, the language of the Fulani people of West Africa. Here, he speaks with Aminata "Ami" Kiello, a social scientist with a vast international background. Notice that Ami is holding a copy of "Women of Vision: Brighton Allston Women's Heritage Trail Guide," available on UNESCO's website.

Brenda McSweeney being interviewed by Peter "Pierre" Kazoni; photo by Ami Kiello. 

Finally, he taped the "best" proverb of Brenda Gael McSweeney, who lived in an Ouagadougou courtyard and worked with the United Nations for many years in Burkina. Her favorite Burkina proverb is "two hands scoop up more flour;" or in French "deux mains puis ramasser le plus de farine."

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Burkinabe women creatively advocating for social causes

Women, health, and HIV/AIDS

Invest in women and girls for sustainable human development

1975: International Women's Year 

Sunday, December 13, 2009

What people are saying about the Equality Burkina Blog!

I love this blog -- I agree with Larry that the pictures along with the layout make this a more compelling place to go than your "typical" blog.  Congratulations! - Lisa 
Lisa Lynch 
Dean and Professor of Economics, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science
Photo Credit: Brandeis University

I love it!  The blog is wonderfully interspersed with photos -- something often missing.  Great work and congratulations. - Larry
Laurence Simon
Professor and Director, Sustainable International Development Programs and Associate Dean, Academic Planning, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Photo Credit: Brandeis University

Merci pour l'adresse de votre 'blog'.  Je viens de le voir, et c'est évidemment une source de connaissance très riche.  J'ai des étudiantes et étudiants qui s'en intéresseront. - Richard
Richard Maclure
Professor and former Acting Dean in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa
Photo Credit: University of Ottawa

I only now have had the chance to look over your blog in depth and just wanted to say, Great Job! This looks like an exciting project!

My only suggestion would be to put the option to have the site in
French at the top.  Francophone readers might not go that far down to find the link if they think the site is all in English.

Keep up the good work!

Timothy Longman
Director, African Studies Center, Boston University 
Photo Credit: Boston University 

Sunday, December 6, 2009

New Blog Activity!

The Quest for Gender Equality in Burkina Faso: Female Workloads, Education and Empowerment by Scholastique Kompaoré and Brenda Gael McSweeney with Jennifer Hilda Frisanco.  
New Burkina Partner in Who's Who:   
IT and Communications Specialist.

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