On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, a 26-year-old German girl, originally from Mali, named Aminata Toure, was elected vice-president of the Schleswig-Holstein Regional Parliament in northern Germany.
Aminata Toure won 46 votes out of 69 and officially becomes vice-president of parliament for a period of approximately two and a half years, a first in the history of a woman of African descent.
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Born in Germany of Malian parents, Aminata carries both countries in her heart. “I have always had both worlds in me: the origin of my parents, Mali, and the country where I live in Germany. At one point, I did not want to have to decide for one of the two countries. So I use a term coined by a feminist black women’s movement here in Germany: Afro-German, “she says.
Aminata studied politics and philosophy. In April 2019, she took part in a leadership program organized by the Obama Foundation. On this occasion, she had the honor and the privilege to introduce the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, during the inaugural ceremony.