Hadijatou Mani

b. 1984


Sold at the age of 12, Hadijatou Mani was forced to work as a slave for the next ten years. During this time, slavery was outlawed in her country, Niger. When Hadijatou was finally freed, she accused the government of having failed to protect her and her children — and she won her case in the West African Court of Justice. It’s an exceptionally brave thing to fight for your rights, especially when the odds are stacked against you. In doing so, Hadijatou Mani has paved the way to freedom for the many thousands of women who are still enslaved throughout West Africa.

Want to know more? Of course you do.

This documentary about Hadijatou will tell the real story of slavery in the twenty-first century.

This background document about slavery in Niger helped Hadijatou win her case against her government.