Celebrating African Women in History series

Celebrating African Women in History series

Hello everyone, 

As I am drowning in my entrepreneurship journey with loads of tasks and challenges, I took time to think about the direction I wanted to give to that blog where I am specifically posting on African History, Black History and Lifestyle. 

So I have decided to share the pan-African history of black women around the world. From time to time, I will be publishing opinion articles. I am still trying to prepare the video part but there is no rush needed. 

I am thinking about closing my official Facebook Page. Facebook is the social medium where I am the less active and since I am updating my instagram and my twitter account, I want to focus on these platforms. 

But let's talk about the March in Grand-Bassam, a historic illustration of resistance against colonialism in Ivory Coast. 

In December 1949, at the prison of Grand Bassam, 500 Ivorian women protested the incarceration of their husbands and brothers, militants of the Rassemblement Démocratique Africain (RDA), a federation of anticolonial African political parties. On the 22nd of December, organised in small groups so as to elude the watchful colonial administration, the women left Abidjan and set off on foot for Grand Bassam. On the 24th of December, as they were making their way towards the prison, they were stopped and beaten by French soldiers. Forty protestors were injured and four were prosecuted without any of their loved ones being released.

The leader of the March was Marie Séry Koré.

 Zogbo Céza Galo Marie was born around 1912 (some say 1910, as on the stamp), and died in 1953. She was from the village of Gossa in the rural agglomeration called Gokra.
Marie Séry Koré is a historical female figure of the emancipatory struggle of Ivory Coast at the dawn of its independence.

She first married a man Mr Galo. Marie Galo chooses to join the RDA a political party whose revendication was the absolute and total independence of the country.
This deliberate choice led her to divorce from her husband but later she met Séry Koré René, who was also dismissed by the colonial administration for belonging to the new party created: the RDA.

She was feared by the colonial administration. 

Africa has always been a matriarcal continent where women were at the heart of the battle against invaders. The Women's March in Grand-Bassam is not well-known but was one of the key event which led to the emergence of female writers and politicians. This part of History has been documented by the Henriette Diabaté, an Ivorian politician and writer. She wrote La Marche des Femmes sur Grand-Bassam. A member of the Rally of the Republicans (RDR), Diabaté was Minister of Culture in Côte d'Ivoire from 1990 to 1993 and again in 2000; later, she was Minister of Justice from 2003 to 2005. She became Secretary-General of the RDR in 1999 and has been President of the RDR since 2017.