(Women's Liberation and the African Freedom Struggle) [PDF] ☆ Thomas Sankara
The popular democratic revolution in the West African country of Burkina Faso formerly Upper Volta from 1983 to 1987 Sankara was jailed briefly in 1982 after resigning a government post to protest the regime s repressive policies In the wake of the coup Sankara was appointed prime minister in January 1983 Sankara s uncompromising course calling on the people of Upper Volta and elsewhere in Africa to advance their interests against the propertied exploiters at home and abroad led to growing conflict with pro imperialist forces in the government We are not looking to organise what exists but to definitely destroy and replace it In May 1983 Sankara and some of his supporters were arrested by President Jean Baptiste Ou draogo On August 4 1983 Thomas Sankara and Blaise Compaore staged a coup in the Republic of Upper Volta Compaore led his men to Take Over Key Parts Of Ouagadougou The Capital When The over ey parts of Ouagadougou the capital When the was overthrown Thomas Sankara was released from house arrest and became president of the new National Council of the Revolution Sankara called for a Marxist anti colonial revolution His anti colonial revolutionary program consisted of independence from foreign imports political reforms to fight corruption environmental justice and placed a huge emphasis on a women s liberation movement In other words posing the uestion of women in Burkinab society today means posing the abolition of the system of slavery to which they have been subjected for millennia Sankara s focus on a women s liberation movement is uniue to Sankara and Burkina Faso Sankara was always a big admirer of Fidel Castro and Ernesto Che Guevara In Cuba Castro and Che and the 26th of July Movement understood that the peasants were the revolutionary class through armed struggle and not the Communist Party s alliance with a coalition of unions as a vanguard party The Movement saw that there had to be a force with credibility in the colonial society that could ally itself with the most oppressed group of people that was armed struggle through guerrilla warfare tactics and the peasant class The man however no matter how oppressed he is has another human ending to oppress his wifeMoreover there is no lack of examples of men even though progressive who live cheerfully in adultery yet would be ready to murder their wives on the merest suspicion of infidelity Thomas Sankara saw the radical elements of the military as The Societally Credible Force societally credible force women as the most oppressed group of people As Sankara saw gender euality as the core of any revolutionary movement in Burkina Faso he followed his rhetoric with action He appointed women into positions within the government and into the revolutionary army He created the Ministry of Family Development and the Union of Burkina Women UFB and amended the constitution to reuire that the president have at least five women in their ministry The only difference between the woman who sells her body through prostitution and she who sells herself in marriage is the price and duration of the contract After the restructuring several reforms took place Polygamy and forced marriages were banned education programs were set up to teach home economics parenting and how to stop the spread of AIDS Sankara was the first African leader to acknowledge the threat of AIDS Sankara also established International Women s Day March 8 as a day to swap gender roles He also turned the whole week into the Week of the Women to celebrate Burkinabe women He also forced husbands to give their wives half of their paycheck While society sees the birth of a boy as a gift from God the birth of a girl is greeted as an act of fate or at best a gift that can be used to produce food and perpetuate the human race The future woman however is dealt blow after blow by a society that unanimously as one man drums into her head norms that lead. Ion in Burkina Faso Workers and peasants in that West African country established a popular revolutionary gov. .
S MINISTRY WHICH WAS A BIT IRONIC SINCE Dministry which was a bit ironic since d on criticised those but within the context of neoliberal capitalist states However despite that I felt he needed to demonstrate how this one would be different in a pan africanist and marxist state Maybe I m being cynical because of my own country which is far different from the system in 1980s Burkina Faso Towards the end he called for the abolition of female circumcision and child care and other things that would enable Burkina Faso to be a country that functioned smoothly and freely without exploitation and oppression This speech opened
Me To The History Of Burkina Fasoto the history of Burkina Faso Sankara s politics and despite the not in depth ideas of this speech I was glad to have learned something Women hold up the other half of the skyA brilliant speech by Sankara outlining not only the importance of liberating women and the benefits of such actions to any society but stressing the negative attitudes men hold in regards to women that are so terribly damaging A short and enjoyable read i love thomas sankara he was probably the first truly feminist african president. Ernment and began to combat the hunger illiteracy and economic backwardness imposed by imperialist domination. ,