African Women and the 'Arab Spring'

Meeting in Morocco, 600 female politicians from the continent wonder if the winds of change sweeping North Africa will turn south -- to black Africa.

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Josephine Fizumugha Abeki, mayor of Patani, in southern Nigeria, was hopeful that the "Arab spring" would reach sub-Saharan Africa. "When the majority says, 'We don't want you!' you cannot impose yourself on them because you will not have peace. You will not enjoy your stay, you will not enjoy your money and you will not enjoy your life!"

Sy Kadiatou Sow was even more optimistic: "Some [black African] leaders already consider that what happened in Tunisia and Egypt could happen to them if they go beyond their legal terms," she said. Obviously, the "Arab spring" seems contagious.

Habibou Bangré is a freelance journalist living in France.

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