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Awa Thiam

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(b. c.1950). Born in Senegal, Thiam writes forcefully of the conditions of women today on the African continent. Her best‐known book, La Parole aux négresses (1978), contains ...

Thiam, Awa

Thiam, Awa (b. c.1950)   Reference library

The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
47 words

..., Awa ( b. c. 1950 ). Born in Senegal, Thiam writes forcefully of the conditions of women today on the African continent. Her best‐known book, La Parole aux négresses ( 1978 ), contains interviews and essays. It was followed in 1983 by another study of African women, Continents noirs . [ Virginia Coulon...

Thiam, Awa

Thiam, Awa (1950)   Reference library

Dictionary of African Biography

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Current Version:
2011
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History, Regional and National History
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914 words

... returned to Senegal and joined the Fundamental Institute of Black Africa at Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar as an assistant professor of research. Awa Thiam is best known for her public advocacy concerning women in Africa. She has written powerfully on the status of African women, and in 1987 she proposed the creation of a department of anthropology of the sexes at Cheikh Anta Diop University, an initiative that was not accepted. Awa Thiam’s most important campaign is against what is called female circumcision, a practice that is found in more than...

Awa Thiam

Awa Thiam  

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Literature
(b. c.1950).Born in Senegal, Thiam writes forcefully of the conditions of women today on the African continent. Her best‐known book, La Parole aux négresses (1978), contains interviews and essays. ...
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The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Regional and National History, Philosophy
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4,095 words

...of pre-colonial culture, and in particular the functions of orality in African contexts. The denunciation of patriarchy in African traditional practices by the Malian Awa Thiam was innovative for the 1970 s, since questions of gender had rarely been raised by Francophone African women, and had previously attracted minimal attention in Francophone African intellectual debates. Thiam’s perspective seems typical, though, of the larger distancing from African traditions that marked some strains of Francophone African thought in the first two decades after...

Female Genital Mutilation and Female Genital Cutting

Female Genital Mutilation and Female Genital Cutting   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Human Rights

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration, Social sciences
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9,463 words

... 1: 40; entered into force November 25, 2005. Rahman, Anika , and Nahid Toubia . Female Genital Mutilation: A Guide to Laws and Policies Worldwide . London: Zed Press, 2000. Steady, Filomina C. , ed. The Black Woman Cross-Culturally . Cambridge, Mass.: Schenkman, 1981. Thiam, Awa . Black Sisters Speak Out: Feminism and Oppression in Black Africa . London: Pluto Press, 1986. Toubia, Nahid . Caring for Women with Circumcision: A Technical Manual for Health Care Providers . New York: RAINBO, 1999. United Nations Children's Fund. Female Genital...

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