The library of the African Studies Centre Leiden is a research library, which is also open to the general public. The library consists of a digital and a paper library. The digital library gives access to an unlimited number of publications, the paper library holds 91,000 books about and from Africa, 90,000 journal articles and 1,700 films on DVD.

Gisèle Rabesahala (Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA UNESCO/Rabesahala family archives)

On the 27th of June 2011, one day after the fiftieth anniversary of Madagascar's independence, Malagasy politician and activist Gisèle Rabesahala passed away. She had devoted her life to her country’s movement towards independence, its human rights and was an active voice for the freedom of peoples. Rabesahala was the first Malagasy woman to hold a ministerial position. She is regarded as a pioneer in Malagasy politics. Read more

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