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Mekfoula Mint Brahim

Alliance pour la Refondation de l'Etat Mauritanien
Front Line Defenders Africa Regional Award

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.

Despite a solid constitutional framework and democratic elections, human rights defenders in Mauritania are subject to acts of harassment and intimidation, in particular those working on anti-slavery issues.