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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Leadership Is Female, Is African, Is Muslim Woman

October 25, 2017 | 12 p.m. | Distler Auditorium, Granoff Music Center 

Join Tisch College for a celebration in honor of Saïda Oumulkhairy Niasse, the inaugural recipient of the Global Humanitarian Citizen Award. Known by her followers as "Mama Kiota," Oumoulkhairy Niasse is the leader of a Sufi Muslim women's movement with over 200,000 members across West Africa. A tireless advocate for women’s rights, education, and peace, Mama Kiota has spent more than 50 years establishing schools, mentoring female leaders, and promoting religious tolerance in a region menaced by Boko Haram.

The ceremony will honor the impact of Mama Kiota's leadership, feature Tufts Political Science Professor Pearl Robinson's research on Mama Kiota's movement, and celebrate Sufi musical and cultural traditions with a live performance. This event is sponsored by Tisch College and the School of Arts & Sciences Political Science and Music Departments. 

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