Dear SlaFMig readers, After a few months of absence, the SlaFMig/EMiFo action-research program is back to share with you the latest activities! On the research front, the members of the Donkosira association have been the most active. First of all, they participated in a qualitative research training with researchers Marie-Christine Deleigne and Marie Rodet in May 2022. On this occasion,
From Monday, October 18 to Friday, October 22, 2021, the SlaFMig project, thanks to the association Donkosira and the National Human Rights Commission of Mali (CNDH), brought together in Bamako key actors in the fight against descent-based slavery, including activists, journalists, bloggers, civil servants and researchers. The workshop was held at the Faculty of Public Law and focused on advocacy.
Finally having had the chance to go to Mali for the Point Sud Conference in the first week of December, Lotte Pelckmans and Sophia Stille seized the opportunity to conduct some fieldwork on women in the Malian branch of the Gambana movement, called RMFP-Gambana (in what follows we will use Gambana as a shortcut). We interviewed and filmed the women
My name is Sophia and I am a student in the Master’s programme ‘Advanced Migration Studies’ at the University of Copenhagen. Previously I obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Groningen, Netherlands in ‘International Relations and International Organisation’. I am very interested in Human Rights and the intersection of (contemporary) slavery and migration studies. I joined the SlaFMig project
Dr Marie Rodet, Director of the SlaFMig program, interviewed by Al Jazeera While slavery was abolished during colonial rule, local communities still place their descendants at society’s margins. It was supposed to be a joyful occasion. Young men and women gathered in a circle, displaying their dance moves as they celebrated Mali’s independence day in the country’s western region of
After having spent most of my time zooming online with certain key informants, in July 2021, I-Lotte Pelckmans- finally managed to visit members of Gambana in person and discuss the possibility of making a documentary movie about the Gambana movement. Between the 3rd and 12th of September 2021, I spent 10 days in Paris to film key members of the