Born: December 21, 1949, Yako, Burkina Faso
Assassinated : October 15,1987, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
One of his inspiring speeches was about women’s emancipation!!!

…. I speak on behalf of women the world over, who suffer from a male-imposed system of exploitation. Women who struggle and who proclaim with us that the slave who is not able to take charge of his own revolt deserves no pity for his lot. This harbours illusions in the dubious generosity of a master pretending to set him free. Freedom can be won only through struggle, and we call on all our sisters of all races to go on the offensive to conquer their rights.

Comrades, there is no true social revolution without the liberation of women. May my eyes never see and my feet never take me to a society where half the people are held in silence. I hear the roar of women’s silence. I sense the rumble of their storm and feel the fury of their revolt.

– Extract of Sankara’s speech on October 4th 1984 at the General Assembly of United Nations