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African women to watch: Rama Yade France’s junior minister for youth

Rama Yade, France's junior Minister for youth and sports. linternaute photo

Rama Yade, France's junior Minister for youth and sports. linternaute photo

I have read a few stories in the past about this inspirational woman, France’s junior minister for youth and sports. At only 32 she has already penetrated the French politics. She was born in Senegal before her mother moved to France where she grew in  an immigrant neighbourhood. Yade is a brilliant  black muslim woman.

She has a book which I am yet to read titled “Blacks of France,” which according to the Washington Post “analyzed the place in French society occupied by African immigrants’ children and other French blacks.”   The paper says the book reminded people that, despite her own swift rise in a conservative movement, Yade carried the heritage of a black woman in a predominantly white society.

A friend of mine Shaazka has also brought to my attention that  Yada  boycotted official functions for Muammar Gaddafi last year in Paris. She said Gaddafi should be made to understand “our country is not a doormat on which a leader, terrorist or not, can come wipe the blood of his deeds off his feet.”

Go gal.


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8 thoughts on “African women to watch: Rama Yade France’s junior minister for youth

  1. Dear Rosebell,

    This is pretty marvelous.Yes I salute you for the pro-active search and getting up-todate info despite the busy schedule at UPEACE.

    As a patriot and human rights advocate, I think this is good news to Africans generally and to women as well having such a vibrant young leader who can fight all odds of racism etc and make it to that level. Add Obama to the list and many others….

    Long live Uganda, Long live Africa,

    Success Rosebell, keep up the candle lit,

    Moses Tumusiime
    UPEACE Comrade,

  2. I got this from David Malinga a good friend and I bsolutely agree with him.

    “Rosie i think many things are possible in a democratic society, am sure our ladies in Africa are as good, but the environment aint favourable. Non-the-less, there will be a better day, all these places many envy for a commendable degree of equality have been built on hope and hard work”

  3. It takes courage and sacrifice to leave our comfort zones to shine through and be that light to fellow citizens. Rosebell,Uganda and Africa as a whole needs women and men of courage like you and Yade to be that voice. Myself and I believe many many citizens don’t have much confidence in the our system, and unfortunately, are not willing to do anything about it but watch from a distance, so we salute you for making the tiny tiny differences even just in writing.

  4. Thanks Christine.

    Indeed many women in African have shown resilience and courage to lead communities. It’s just one day at a time. be yourself and rise above the prejudice and you will be a Yade. I have a lot of respect for her.

  5. From Achilles via facebook. “” sorry for the so called “African women to watch”. There are of cause other good examples like the Liberian President. But look at the case of Uganda, your former vice-president and several other women. I think she has to work a lot more in France’s macho and white political elite where the blacks are relegated to sports. Her transfer from the human rights docket to youths and sports by Sarkozy is not without pointers, is she climbing or descending ladders?. She is yes to watch but with crossed fingut Achilleers.””
    But I wish to say that despite where she’ been put she has managed to attract attentipn and impact the society this means she can go higher and that road is neva easy. Yade will fight to see if that’s her dream, to see tht blacks are respected in France. But us shows us that no matter where you are you can make a difference.

    For the Ugandan situation women are just appointed for selfish purposes not because they can bring change. The gentle man’s club is still a reality in Ugandan politics.
    But of course am a big fan of Sirleaf but I wanted to show that an African Woman can make it even beyond Africa.

  6. Rita says:

    Much as i like to see women succeed, i do not agree with her views on Gaddafi. She has grown away from her original home which is africa and should know better at how these western countries operate with deciet, and the way i see politics, he might not have carried out those attacks, like Saddam was accused of mass weapons as an excuse to invade and take him off power, but it tuned out he did not have the weapons. Gaddafi is being victimised and he advocates for Africa’s independence and voices to be heard.

  7. Rita, I am not sure Gaddafi represents any African. He represents his own interests and tries to buy popularity in Africa especially the AU. You remember his recent bizarre attempts to antagonise govts with this stand on African tradional leaders. Gaddafi has funded enough rebel groups in Africa and one was in Uganda so as much as Yade uses strong words I think she has reason to say so. Coming from West Africa she has a good idea of how Gaddafi’s money has played a role in conflicts in that region in the past.

  8. Rita says:

    I am not sure i agree totally, because what i know is he is against external influence in africa, maybe he should not interfere, he has been accused of the same in UK, but leaders run to him i believe him. I do not believe anymore in all the innocence these leaders claim. They play a role in these rebellious activities.

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