Journalist and activist killed in Hajj stampede

Saudi ambulances arrive with pilgrims who were injured in the stampede in Mina September 24, 2015. (MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images)

Among the 700 people crushed in the Hajj crowd in Mina, Saudi Arabia last week was pioneering journalist and activist Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf of Nigeria — a devout muslim, an editor at three national Nigerian newspapers since the 1980s, and a role model for young women across West Africa. Despite practicing a strict brand of Islam that forbids men and women shaking hands, Yusuf excelled in a male-dominated country and profession, whilst founding NGOs across Nigeria aimed at advancing women’s equality, particularly in the largely Muslim north. According to Darren Kew, director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development at University of Massachusetts, Boston, Yusuf’s efforts “opened the doors for women’s political mobilization in Northern Nigeria,” and helped to “build bridges between Muslims and Christians.”

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