WhenAutumn/Fall 2022
WhereFrom Grand-Popo in the west to Cotonou in the east
Female to Male Ratio100 females per 99.76 males
Female Literacy31%
Female Life Expectancy64
Independence Day1 August 1960 (from France)
Official LanguageFrench
Main ReligionChristianity (48.5%)
WhyBenin is historically known for its warrior women whose all-female army fought fearlessly and has been depicted in Hollywood films including Black Panther and The Woman King. But what is life like for Beninese women now and in the recent past? How have their lives changed, from the days of colonialism to independence to today? What does it mean to be a woman in Benin today?

Follow us on our Benin journey as we meet with women from all backgrounds to hear their life stories.


The Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey by Stanley Bernard Alpern (Hurst, 1998)



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