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2020 Africa Regional Award Winner

2020 Africa Regional Award Winner
Mekfoula Mint Brahim, Mauritania

Mekfoula Mint Brahim is a woman human rights defender fighting against religious extremism and discriminatory practices in Mauritania, in particular the discrimination against women and members of the Haratine and sub-Saharan African communities. She is the President of Pour une Mauritanie Verte et Démocratique (For a Green and Democratic Mauritania), a human rights organisation founded in 2009, leading women’s empowerment projects in rural areas. She is also a member of Alliance pour la Refondation de l'Etat Mauritanien (AREM), an organisation promoting good governance and fighting against impunity. Mekfoula was arrested and detained twice in February this year with other HRDs as part of continuing harassment against her for hosting a Pour une Mauritanie Verte et Démocratique and AREM meeting at her home.

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Mekfoula Mint Brahim, Mauritania