Aminata Dramane Traore – Mali

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Aminata Dramane Traoré (born 1942) is a Malian author, politician, and political activist. She served as the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Mali from 1997 to 2000 and is a former coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme.

Aminata Dramane Traoré

She is the current Coordinator of ‘Forum pour l’autre Mali/ Forum for the other Mali’ and Associate Coordinator of the International Network for Cultural Diversity and was elected to the board of the International Press Service in July 2005.

She is a promininet critic of Globalization and the economic policies of the most developed nations. Specifically, she has voiced opposition to the western countries subsidizing of their own cotton farmers, which leaves West African countries at a disadvantage in competing for space in Western markets. Traoré is one of the signatories, or members of the Group of Nineteen, of the Porto Alegre Manifesto drafted by the 2005 World Social Forum.

She holds a doctorate in Social Psychology and Psychopathology. Meryem Marzouki (Coordinator, Session on Human rights and Communication) writes: I’m pleased to confirm that the keynote speaker for the “Communication and Human Rights” session at WFCR will be Aminata Traoré. Below you’ll find a short bio in French and English.
Aminata Traoré is a Doctor in Social Psychology and Psychopathology, and a former Minister of Tourism and Culture in Mali. She is a former co-ordinator of UNDP, and a staunch promoter of several cultural projects (Djenné, San-Toro, Dunanso). She initiated Soi les voisins, le quartier, a project that mobilises the people that live in the same district to help rebuilt the infrastructure and the accessibility of public services. Aminata Traoré is the Co-ordinator of the Forum pour l’autre Mali, a forum that envisages to follow-up the World Social Movement in Europe. She is the author of several books: l’Etau, 1999 and Le Viol de l’Imaginaire, 2002.

She received the Prince Claus Award honours for her bold and visionary leadership in empowering communities to find solutions within themselves and their culture.


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