Joséphine Ouédraogo is a Burkinabé sociologist and politician. She served as Minister of Justice of Burkina Faso from 2014–2016. Ouédraogo received her early education in Koudougou, she was brought up in the Mossi tradition. Her father was an MP in the French Parliament for French West Africa and her mother was illiterate. After her father was named the ambassador to France, she moved to Paris in 1961. Ouédraogo attended the Institut de la Tour in Paris and she received the baccalauréat in 1968. In 1974, she earned a degree in sociology at the Paris Descartes University. After receiving her degree, Ouédraogo worked as a sociological research assistant and studied rural society, development approaches and their impact on women and peasants, she was overall not involved in politics. Nonetheless, in September 1984 he unexpectedly offered her the position of minister of family development and solidarity. Sankara said her sociological work was helpful to the revolution, she accepted his offer. In this role, Ouédraogo pushed for an end to female genital mutilation, proposed a national family law, supported a women's strike in 1984.
She was instrumental in commemorating 8 March as International Women's Day in Burkina Faso. Sankara was killed in a coup on 15 October 1987 and Blaise Compaoré took power, she moved to Tunisia in December 1987. Ouédraogo served as an important figure for women's development in Africa. From 1989 to 1992 she served as a project coordinator for the Pan-African Development Institute in Cameroon. In 1997, she became director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's gender division, she was successful in making women's issues a prominent feature in government conferences and task forces. In addition, she created the African Gender Development Index, she became deputy executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in 2005. From 2007 to 2011 Ouédraogo was secretary-general of Dakar's Enda Third World. In 2007, she was named one of the 50 most influential women in Africa by Jeune Afrique. In 2012, Ouédraogo returned to Burkina Faso, she became head of the consulting firm Appui recherche action.
In October 2014, Compaoré fell from power after a number of protests that included women brandishing spatulas and brooms to signify their displeasure. Michel Kafando was chosen as president in November 2014 after a panel of 23 officials preferred him to Ouédraogo and journalist Cherif Sy. After Kafando was sworn in, he named Ouédraogo Minister of Justice, she harshly criticized the justice system in the old regime, one of her first actions was reopening an investigation on the assassination of the president of the National Revolutionary Council, blocked for two years by the civil courts. Ouédraogo brought together 2,000 civil society members, policemen and lawyers to Ouagadougou in March 2015 to sign a National Pact for Renewal of Justice, she was replaced as minister of justice by Bessolé René Bagoro. Ouédraogo has a husband and three children, she has a grandson named Anthony Ouedraogo, she is a devout Christian. She identifies with anti-globalization. Etude sur les besoins des femmes dans les villages de l’A.
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