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Sarraounia Mangou, a prominent figure in the resistance against French colonial forces in the late 19th century, was not only a political leader but also a religious figure in the Azna tradition. With her people, she bravely fought against the French troops in the Battle of Lougou, employing guerrilla tactics and her knowledge of the terrain. Despite being outnumbered, her determination and resilience allowed her to push back the French forces and become a symbol of courage and resistance against European imperialism.

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Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou

Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou is a Nigerien chemist, chemical engineer, mining specialist, and healthcare advocate. She served as the First Lady of the Republic of Niger from April 7, 2011, to April 2, 2021. A trailblazer for women in Niger in the sciences, she contributed significantly to the development of the mining sector. Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou also worked to improve access to healthcare, empower women, and alleviate poverty in Niger. Her dedication has left a lasting impact.

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Ouma Laouali

Ouma Laouali, the first woman pilot in Niger, broke gender barriers in the field of aviation. Her achievement not only showcased Niger’s commitment to gender equality but also contributed to the fight against terrorism in the region. Laouali’s groundbreaking journey has inspired women across Africa and has paved the way for more women to enter traditionally male-dominated industries.

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