As a celebrated Malagasy woman politician of the twentieth century, Gisèle Rabesahala (1929-2011) devoted her life to her country’s independence, human rights and the freedom of peoples. The first Malagasy woman to be appointed minister (1977), she is regarded as a pioneer in Malagasy politics.

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Which event had the biggest influence on Madagascar’s political life before its independence in 1960?

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The uprising on 29 March 1947 was violently suppressed by the colonial forces.

What post did Gisèle Rabesahala hold during the Second Republic?

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Gisèle Rabesahala was appointed Minister of Culture and Revolutionary Art in 1977.

What was Gisèle Rabesahala’s nationality?

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Gisèle Rabesahala was born in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, in 1929.

What is the title of Gisèle Rabesahala’s book, which was published in 2006?

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Son livre Ho tonga anie ny Fahafahana!, which means ‘Let Freedom come to us!’, was published in Madagascar in 2006. In it, she retraces her political career and takes stock of her life.

When did Madagascar become a French colony?

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Madagascar remained under French rule from 1896 to 1960.

What is the name of the party of which Gisèle Rabesahala was a founding member?

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The AKFM, which means the Independence Congress Party of Madagascar.

On what principles was Gisèle Rabesahala’s activism based?

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Throughout her life, Gisèle Rabesahala defended her country’s independence and the freedom of peoples.

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What was Gisèle Rabesahala’s nationality? Malagasy
When did Madagascar become a French colony? 6 August 1896
Which event had the biggest influence on Madagascar’s political life before its independence in 1960? The uprising on 29 March 1947
What is the name of the party of which Gisèle Rabesahala was a founding member? AKFM
On what principles was Gisèle Rabesahala’s activism based? Humanism, patriotism and internationalism
What post did Gisèle Rabesahala hold during the Second Republic? Minister of Culture and Revolutionary Art
What is the title of Gisèle Rabesahala’s book, which was published in 2006? Let freedom come to us!