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Title:The Unraveling of a Neglected Source: A Report on Women in Francophone West Africa in the 1930s
Author:Lydon, Ghislaine
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Geographic term:West Africa
Women's Issues
Law, Human Rights and Violence
History and Exploration
External link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1997.1372
Abstract:In October 1937, the Governor-General of French West Africa (AOF) appointed Denise Moran Savineau to head a mission of inquiry into the social and economic situation of women and the family in the French West African colonies. Moran Savineau, one of the rare women to be employed by the French colonial administration, produced a report, entitled 'La famille en AOF: condition de la femme'. The present article discusses this document and places it in its historical context. It describes the economic and social conditions of the 1930s in Africa and the colonial policy of the Popular Front government in France in 1936, and gives a biographical outline of Moran Savineau. Then it analyses a number of themes addressed in the document: women and production, trade, employment, rural and forced labour (especially the case of the Office du Niger), slavery and pawnship, women and the colonial justice system, education and medical facilities. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French.