Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana

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Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana
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Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2019
ConstituencyGermany
Personal details
Born
Pierrette Gabrielle Fofana

(1949-03-20) March 20, 1949 (age 73)
Bamako, Mali
NationalityGerman
OccupationPolitician

Pierrette Gabrielle Herzberger-Fofana (born 20 March 1949 in Bamako) is a German-Malian politician of Alliance 90/The Greens and member of the European Parliament.

Early life and education[edit]

Herzberger-Fofana grew up in Senegal. She graduated in Paris in German sociolinguistics and obtained a further degree from the University of Trier.[1] She earned her doctorate at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg with a dissertation that addressed women's literature in francophone sub-Saharan Africa.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 2005, Herzberger-Fofana was first elected to the city council of Erlangen. She was one of the fifteen recipients of the 2009 Helene-Weber-Preis, which is awarded to women engaged in municipal politics. She is a board member of DaMigra, the umbrella organization of immigrant organizations.[3]

Herzberger-Fofana moved into the European Parliament on the 21st place in the European list of Alliance 90 / The Greens in the 2019 European elections in Germany 2019.[4] She is currently Germany's only black MEP.[5]

Herzberger-Fofana currently serves on the Committee on Development. In addition to her committee assignments, Herzberger-Fofana is part of the Parliament's delegations for relations with the Pan-African Parliament and to the CARIFORUM-EU Parliamentary Committee. She also co-chairs the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She has three children.[7][2]

On 17 June 2020, Herzberger-Fofana claimed to have been harassed by two police officers in Brussels.[8] The accusation was made in the chamber of the European parliament. Brussels prosecutors issued a criminal complaint against her for defamation as well as for “acting rebelliously and insulting police officers”.[9]

Works[edit]

  • Écrivains africains et identités culturelles: entretiens, Stauffenburg, 1989, ISBN 3-923721-92-7
  • Litterature feminine francophone d'Afrique noire, Editions L'Harmattan, 2001, ISBN 978-2738499059
  • Die Nacht des Baobab. Zur Situation der ausländischen Frau am Beispiel von Afrikanerinnen in Deutschland In: Afro-Look: eine Zeitung von schwarzen Deutschen, Band 8, 1992/93, S. 14–15. (1992 Rede zur International Women's Day)
  • Berlin 125 Jahre danach: Eine fast vergessene deutsch-afrikanische Geschichte, aa-infohaus, 2010, ISBN 978-3200020122.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beitrag von Robert Fikes über Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana auf blackpast.org
  2. ^ a b Stanislaus Kossakowski (24 May 2019). "Zwei Mittelfränkinnen hoffen auf Sprung ins EU-Parlament". BR24. Bayerischer Rundfunk.
  3. ^ DaMigra. "Vorstand" (in German). Dachverband der Migrantinnenorganisationen.
  4. ^ "Alphabetisches Verzeichnis aller Gewählten bundesweit". www.bundeswahlleiter.de. Der Bundeswahlleiter.
  5. ^ Singh, Rajnish (13 November 2020). "Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana: Standing up for justice". The Parliament Magazine. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  6. ^ Bureau European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup.
  7. ^ Johann Osel, Wolfgang Wittl, Lisa Schnell, Clara Lipkowski (27 May 2019). "Nach der Wahl ist vor der Wahl". Sueddeutsche Zeitung.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "'Would not happen to a white MEP': Brussels police accused of racism". www.brusselstimes.com. The Brussels Times.
  9. ^ "Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana: Police bring defamation case over black MEP's allegations | Euronews". www.euronews.com. Archived from the original on 1 July 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2022.

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