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Slavery: West Africa
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According to the 2012 UN International Labor Organization Global Estimate of Forced Labor, 55 percent of slavery victims in the world today are women and girls. Historically, women and children constituted the majority of the enslaved population in Islamic West Africa. Anti-slavery activists and the mass media in and ou…

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Marie Rodet, “Slavery: West Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002038>
First published online: 2016

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