As part of Black History Month 2019, which highlights the contribution of Afro-Quebecers to Quebec and Canadian society, the Associate Researcher at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa Dr. Aoua Bocar LY-Tall, received on February 16th, the Gala Night Award for Afro-Caribbean Excellence in the Leadership category, which recognizes individuals who are a model of success.
As a renowned speaker, Aoua Bocar Ly-Tall has been the guest of several media and appeared in various forums around the world to address different socio-economic and historical topics. In addition, she is the author of a book entitled “De la Reine de SABA à Michelle OBAMA, Africaines héroïnes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui : à la lumière de l’œuvre de Cheikh Anta DIOP”.
Her commitment to human rights and defender of girls and women has been recognized through numerous distinctions including the REPAF Award in the “Citoyenne socialement engagée” category and the Governor General's Award of Canada for the recognition of the “person” category in honor of the Canadians who help advance gender equality. She is also the first Canadian of African descent to receive this distinction.