Virtual Roundtable: Impact of the COVID-19 in the lives of women discriminated based on ancestry and slavery

January 24th, 2023


International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – 2 December 2020

TrustAfrica, Amnesty International and the African Network Against Discrimination on the Basis of Work, Ancestry, Slavery and Social Beliefs are jointly hosting a virtual roundtable to commemorate the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Although slavery has been abolished in Mauritania, Mali, and Niger, some individuals and communities because of their birth or descent or ancestry continue to be discriminated as slaves. The aim of this virtual roundtable is to convene women representatives belonging to antislavery organizations to share their lived experiences in times of COVID-19 pandemic.  

Opening remarks and Moderator: Prof. Penda Mbow, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, former Minister of Culture, and Founder of ‘Mouvement citoyens’


  • Aichettou Mouloud, Abolitionist, Human Rights activist, president of the Mauritanian Association of Women Lawyers and member of Sahel foundation.
  • Raichatou Wallet Altanata, Feminist, Human Rights Activist and Vice-President of the Temedt Movement
  • Fatima Alher, Influential member of the Timidria movement, Human Rights Activist from Niger and Opinion leader

Expert response: Alioune Tine, Director of Afrikajom Centre, Independent Expert on human rights and on Mali

Way forward and Concluding remarks: Ebrima Sall, Executive Director, TrustAfrica

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