Scroll to top
Recognizing Africa’s role in the global knowledge economy.

What Could a Feminist Canadian International Assistance Policy Mean for Africa?

salmanrana - October 25, 2017 - 0 comments

Hosted by:

University of Ottawa

Desmarais Building, Room 1110 (ground floor), Laurier Ave East

Ottawa, Canada

TIME: 5:30-7:30 pm

A joint event between Open AIR and the Africa Study Group, this panel discussion features Mariam Diallo (founder of the Malian NGO Femmes, Leadership et Développement durable), Ketty Nivyabandi (Nobel Women’s Institute), and Jane Parpart (Adjunct Professor at University of Ottawa and Carleton University), chaired by Marcia Burdette. The presentations will be in English, however, questions and comments in both languages are welcome.


Mariam Diallo Drame has ten years of experience in promoting youth leadership, gender equality, and the rights and well-being of women and children. She has a degree in political science from the Université de Montréal. Mariam was the Regional Sub-Saharan Africa Coordinator of the International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics). She was also the President of the Association Femmes Leadership et Développement Durable (AFLED), which works towards the development of women and girls. She is engaged in advocating for climate justice and strengthening the resilience of African women. Mariam attended President Obama’s first Forum with young leaders in 2010. Mariam has a pan-African experience with the African Union as an Electoral Observer. She also co-authored Gender and Election, a manual published in Mali in 2013. Mariam is also a member of the UN Women Advisory Group, a recipient of the Medal of Merit, and a member of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Women and Power Alumni.

Jane L. Parpart is emeritus professor at Dalhousie University in Development Studies, Gender and History as well as adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa in International Development and Global Studies and Carleton University in Sociology, African Studies and the Institute of Political Economy. Her PhD research in Zambia focused on labor relations and class formation on the Zambian Copperbelt mines. She soon added gender to her analysis, writing on gender in the copper mines as well as the role of gender in development projects and programs. She co-directed a CIDA project on women studies in Nigeria, based at Ibadan and Ife Universities. She was the Dalhousie University director for an Agriteam led CIDA project on women in Indonesia for five years as well. She co-directed, with Professor Pat Connelly, an IDRC funded summer institute on gender and development which brought women scholars, development experts and activists together from around the world. These activities inspired articles on women and empowerment, women and development as well as feminism, postmodernism and development. In the last fifteen years, she has been increasingly concerned with issues around gender inequality, masculinities and conflict, with a particular focus on Zimbabwe. She is currently writing on gender, silence and power in insecure sites and new approaches to women, peace and security.

Ketty Nivyabandi is a passionate advocate for social justice and human rights. She moved to Canada after she mobilized and led women marches for peace in her home country, Burundi, and was forced into exile in 2015 as a result of her activism. As a refugee, Ketty continues to raise awareness on ongoing human rights violations in her country, particularly against women. She has appeared before the Canadian House of Commons as a human rights defender, and in the international media on several occasions speaking on human rights, refugee issues, and the effects of conflict on women’s lives. She is a founding member of Burundi’s ‘Women Movement for Peace and Security’, a strong apolitical voice ensuring women have a front seat at the peacemaking table. As the media associate at Nobel Women’s initiative, she is responsible for amplifying the voices and feminist vision of the Nobel Laureates and grassroots women leaders from conflict areas to a broad range of media in North America and around the world. She is also a member of the dynamic “Women Peace and Security- Network” in Canada. Prior to joining Nobel Women’s Initiative, Ketty worked with the U.S State Department in Burundi managing the country’s “American Spaces” program, and as a communications specialist with the United Nations in Uganda. Ketty studied International Relations, is a former journalist and a published poet.