Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Aminata Kiello Features in the Occasional Paper Series of BU/WGS!

UNESCO/UNITWIN headquartered at Boston University's Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Program just published research of Aminata Salamata Kiello of Burkina Faso in our Occasional Paper Series. The author examines the gendered impact of historical to modern-day slavery in several countries in West Africa. Her paper highlights the stigmas of modern-day slavery, particularly for women, who are subjugated within the family structure and society at large, and who may be subject to a gender-specific form of slavery known as wahaya. Championing empowerment through education and cultural pride, Kiello argues that combatting the economic, social, and psychological determinants of slavery is key to West African development overall. 

Ami's paper, originally in French entitled Héritage de la réduction en esclavage sur les hommes et les femmes, was summarized in English by Cassandra Fox. Both can be accessed here: http://issuu.com/bgmcs/docs/amisoccasionalpaper_final_2015 More on the story at: 

Author Aminata Salamata Kiello
Photos by/© Brenda Gael McSweeney