Aïssata Kane – Mauritania

Linked with our NGO presentations of ‘L’APEM – Mauritanie‘, and of ‘A.D.D.F.E. – Mauritanie‘, and also of ‘AIFF / APEM – Mauritanie‘. And also linked with our presentation of the Humanitarian Text ‘Mauritania: Low HIV prevalence, widespread AIDS stigma‘, and with Economy of Mauritania.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Goes with ‘Assuming Authority‘.

She says: “Old age should not hinder women from helping to build their country, rather it should be seen as an asset because of all the experience that comes with it.”

Aïssata Kane – Mauritania

She works for the ‘Association pour la Protection de l’Environnement en Mauritanie (APEM)‘, and for the ‘Association Mauritanienne pour la Protection de l’Enfant et de la Femme‘, and also for the ‘Association Internationale des Femmes Francophones’.

Read some texts out of different Google Groups: Mauritania gets to grips with Aids education (March 2005); again about AIDS (February 2006); also on ‘les inégalités entre les sexes‘ (Juin 2005); and ‘sommet interréligieux sur la paix en Afrique‘ (Avril 2006); and also ‘APPEL POUR LE CHANGEMENT EN MAURITANIE‘ (Juin 2005).

Aïssata Kane currently is considered as the mother of Mauritanian women because of her great wisdom and common sense and her open spirit that fuels her mission to help women leave obscurity to meet the virtues of the modern world: liberty, gender equality, respect for women’s rights, and for the right for young girls to enroll at school. Aïssata Kane is a consultant on women and development and spends her time working on respect for women’s rights, the involvement of women in development, research into ways and means for sustainable development.Very evident in Mauritanian civil society, Aïssata presides over the Association for the Protection of the Environment in Mauritania and the Association for the Protection of Child and Women. These two structures are pillars of a dynamic Mauritanian civil society. Aïssata is, within the human rights network, specifically involved in the rights of women and children. She is in reality a national and international reference point, a historically outstanding personality of Mauritania, who is a credit to her nation and to the African continent.

With her, the Mauritanian women have come a long way to assert their social promotion. This is not surprising as one cannot have in one’s country a woman of great renown like Aïssata Kane and not take advantage of her experience as an emancipated woman, who is not dominated by traditional rules. The average Mauritanians understand that this is why she daily fights for the respect of her rights.

With her 67 years, Aïssata Kane does not feel tired yet and wants to go further still. In her understanding, the fight does not end until the many necessary steps have been taken for equality between men and women in all development areas of Mauritania.
For example, because of the actions of women of this Muslim Republic of Africa, the difference in the education rate between girls and boys has been reduced considerably. The Mauritanian women’s movement had pressures the government for projects to be initiated for women for a number of years. The Mauritanian state and its partners established many projects that target women either directly or indirectly. Everything goes in the direction wished for by Aïssata, who has behind her more than 30 years of struggle for equality of the genders and the rejection of the dependence of the woman on men in Mauritania.

Today, Aïssata Kane is a consultant on women and development and spends her time working on: respect for women’s rights; the involvement of women in development; research into ways and means for sustainable development. With regard to her native Mauritania, Aïssata realizes that her fight has not been in vain, since the majority of the Mauritanians currently understand the reason for her struggle which she has not stopped since her youth and which continues. (Read all this on this page of 1000peacewomen).

NOUAKCHOTT – MAY 24: Aissata Kane, the first woman to enter the Mauritanian government in 1995, held the post of minister of the family and social protection on May 22, 2005 in Nouakchott, Mauritania. She is now retired and is consultant for a women and development NGO and president of the association of francophone women. (Photo by Aliou Mbaye/Panapress). Caption.

Elle dit: … je me permets de dire que le prochain comité doit concrétiser les forces vives, que sont les OING, par des actions inspirées par les grandes orientations politiques et économiques. Il doit traduire dans les faits les aspirations des peuples de l’espace francophone à tous les niveaux, par l’élimination de tous les maux sociaux, conflits et violence, pauvreté et maladies endémiques, analphabétisme pour ne citer que ceux-là. Le comité des OING de la société civile des nations doit oeuvrer à l’instauration d’une ère de paix et de démocratie pour un monde d’équité où chacun et chacune, dans toutes les zones de la planète, trouve le cadre propice à son épanouissement physique et mental. C’est à cela que nous convie Monsieur Jean-Louis ROY, Secrétaire général de l’Agence francophone, qui disait lors de la première conférence des OING, je le cite: Vous le savez, nous avons besoin de toutes les forces de la Francophonie pour réussir à conforter cet espace commun. Mesdames, Messieurs, ces forces sont ici représentées» … RAPPORT MORAL, par MADAME AÏSSATA KANE, Présidente du Comité de liaison des OING (1994).


Union of International Associations UIA;

Inclusion International

Réconcilier l’Islam et les femmes;

The African’s women development and communication network;

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