On 6 March 2023, for the National Day against Slavery in Mauritania, Dr Marie Rodet gave an interview about descent-based slavery in West Africa to BBC Afrique. You can listen to it here (in French), or read the English translation of the interview transcript. Interview transcript: Presenter: Mauritanians celebrated the national day against descent-based slavery yesterday. In this country, despite
From December 1-4, the workshop “Mobility, Mobilisation and Displacement in ‘post-slavery’ West-Africa” took place in Bamako, Mali. Organised by Lotte Pelckmans (SlaFMig / University of Copenhagen) and Paolo Gaibazzi (University of Bayreuth) through the research center Point Sud, different actors came together to exchange and discuss the topics of mobility, descent-based slavery and its repercussions in different countries and contexts.
Members of the SlaFMig research team – Lotte Pelckmans, Leah Durst-Lee and Nolwenn Marconnet – recently presented at the AFRAB Legal Abolition of Slavery in African History conference on how local and diasporic Malian anti-slavery activists use the legal court system to fight descent-based slavery. In Mali, as opposed to Mauritania and Niger, there is no law directly criminalizing descent-based