DAKAR – The Théodore Monod African Art Museum in Dakar, Senegal, is hosting a 30-year exposition and retrospective on photography of African women by photographer Angèle Etoundi Essamba. The photos in black and white and color show women facing many of the struggles of rural life in Africa. Drawing water, paddling a canoe, village life, agriculture. But increasingly for this West African nation of 14 million, celebrating International Women’s Day on March 7, women are playing a major role in politics.
Aminata Touré is an example of one of the influential women here. A former prime minister, she worked with the UN for many years. She currently advises President Macky Sall as a special envoy for internal and external affairs in his office.