DAY 2: Wednesday 11 April – VENUE: ELT 2
MORNING: 4 KEYNOTE ADDRESSES & DEBATE ON AFRICAN ABOLITIONISM 9.00-12.00 PANEL 3: AFRICAN ABOLITIONISM AND ANTI-SLAVERY
Chair Benedetta Rossi
1. Biram Dah Abeid, Mauritanian politician, anti-slavery advocate, founder of IRA-Mauritania, (30 min), Mauritanian abolitionism: ideas and strategies of struggle
Biram Dah Abeid is a leading anti-slavery activist and human rights advocate in Mauritania. He is renowned nationally and internationally for charismatic leadership. In 2008 he founded the Initiative of the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), an organization committed to eradicating slavery in Mauritania. Because of his successful campaigns of public awareness to end slavery, he has been repeatedly arrested and detained. He has received numerous prizes including the 2013 UN Human Rights Award. In the Mauritanian presidential election of 2014, he ran on human rights agenda as an opposition candidate, but lost to the incumbent Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
2. Ali Bouzou, Nigerien activist, anti-slavery advocate, Secretary General of the NGO Timidria, (30 min), Nigerien abolitionism: ideas and strategies of struggle
Ali Bouzou is a Tuareg activist and politician in Niger. He has a long political career in which he fought for the rights of black Tuareg communities. From 2015 to date he is Secretary General of BEN Timidria.
3. Ibrahim Ag Idbaltanat pour Temedt, Malian activists, anti-slavery advocate, founder of the
NGOs GARI and Temedt, (30 min), Malian abolitionism: ideas and strategies of struggle Ibrahim Ag Idbaltanat is an activist in Mali, and founder of the NGO GARI (1987) and Temedt (2006). With these NGOs Ibrahim has advocated for peace and human rights, especially for those of slave ancestry. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the International Slavery Award (2012) and the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence (2014).
4. Moses Binoga, Uganda’s National Coordinator Prevention of Trafficking in Persons and Police Commissioner, (30 min), Uganda’s fight against slavery and trafficking in persons
Binoga Moses is a Commissioner of Police in the Uganda Police force, with over 30 years of experience in the Police Force, and since 2013 National Coordinator Prevention of Trafficking in Persons in Uganda. In 2015 he was named Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery in recognition of his efforts to combat this crime.
Discussant: Benedetta Rossi: Reflections on African Abolitionism
13.00-14.30 PANEL 4: THE TRAFFIC IN WOMEN
Chair Preben Kaarlsholm
1. Ramola Ramtohul, The gender dimensions of slavery in the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius 2. Hannah Baumeister, Forced Marriage in Times of Armed Conflict: A Form of Sexual Slavery? 3. Irene Kamaratou, African women in Greece – a case study