Slavery in Africa today: An unfinished business

Key information

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
SOAS Main Building
Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

About this event

Join us for the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2 December 2022.

Dr Marie Rodet (SOAS), PI of the research action project “Slavery and Forced Migration in Mali”, and her team will present the outcomes of their research on descent-based slavery in Mali.

Slavery still prevails in the West African Sahel today, in the form of descent-based slavery, a modern system of hereditary slavery leading to systematic discrimination, marginalization, violence, and forced migration.

Present at the event will also be Malian activists and victims of descent-based slavery who will testify to the violence of descent-based slavery in West Africa and the work they have conducted so far to fight against this practice.

Event Recording


Title Speaker
Introduction Dr Wayne Dooling, Chair, Centre of African Studies, SOAS
Escaping slavery in Mali today Dr Marie Rodet, SOAS
Activism against descent-based slavery in West Africa

Salif Kamara, Gambana RMFP (Malian anti-slavery activist)

Women against slavery in Mali Hassa Konaté, Gambana RMFP (Malian anti-slavery activist)
Social media, the African diaspora and anti-slavery activism (including film screening) Dr Lotte Pelckmans, University of Copenhagen



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