Women you should know: The women soldiers of Dahomey
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Women you should know: The women soldiers of Dahomey

From the 18th to the early 20th century in Benin the armed forces were led by the Mino, a fierce all-female army tasked with guarding the palace, royalty and fighting for the territory of Benin, then known as Dahomey. When European colonialists and missionaries encountered these women, they swiftly gained the nickname ‘the Dahomey Amazons’. … Continue reading

Women you should know: Marie Gisèle Aimée Rabesahala
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Women you should know: Marie Gisèle Aimée Rabesahala

Marie Gisèle Aimée Rabesahala  was born in 1929 in Madagascar. She was a politician and activist who was the first woman to hold a ministerial position in the government of Madagascar. Marie entered politics at the age of 17, campaigning on behalf of political prisoners, and becoming Madagascar’s first woman municipal Councillor, before becoming the … Continue reading