“For me, a better democracy is a democracy where women do not only have the right to vote and to elect but to be elected.”—Michelle Bachelet, head of UN Women, former president and defense minister of Chile.

Aïchatou Mindaoudou was born in 1959. Minister Aïchatou Mindaoudou received her Doctorate in Law in 1991 at the University of Paris, Pantheon Sorbonne, specializing in International Law and Economy.  She is a seasoned Nigerien diplomat and politician has been the United Nations’ Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire and Head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) from 2013 to 2017.

Seasoned Leader

Aichatou was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Niger in 2001.

Aichatou Mindaoudou has more than 20 years of experience and a distinguished career in the Government of Niger, as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Minister for Social Development, Population and Promotion of Women’s Rights.

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She served Niger as the Minister of Social Development, Population and Women in the mid-1990s, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation from 1999 to 2000, and a member of the Permanent Secretariat for the creation of a Strategy Document on the Poverty of Niger.

Outside the political world, Aïchatou Mindaoudou has served her country as the Secretary General of the Network for Rural Law and a member of the African Society for International Law.

She was once Deputy Joint Special Representative (Political) in the African Union–United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) from 2011 to 2013.

Aichatou Mindaoudou has more than 20 years of experience and a distinguished career in the Government of Niger, as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Minister for Social Development, Population and Promotion of Women’s Rights.

She is also a distinguished author on issues of women, human development, economic development and privatization and has participated in numerous conferences worldwide.

She is one of the 30 Extraordinary Voices featured in the Women’s Month Series by AWLO. Click on your favorite social media button below to share if you have been inspired by Aichatou Mindaoudou.