Dr. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana

About Me .

From 2005 to 2019, I was a city councillor in Erlangen and a lecturer at the university and high school teacher at Ohm-Gymnasium. In May 2019, I was elected as a Member of the European Parliament, where I am, among other things, the first deputy chairman of the Committee on Development.

In Erlangen, my involvement focused particularly on the areas of intercultural dialogue/integration, education and youth, women and senior citizens*. In Erlangen I am co-founder of the "International Weeks against Racism" and initiator of "School without Racism" of the Ohm-Gymnasium. In 2015 I founded the "Black History Weeks", an annual series of events on the history and significance of the African Diaspora in Germany and beyond.

The "Black History Weeks" tie in with the United Nations' international UN Decade for People of African Origin 2015-2024, whose motto is "Recognition, Justice and Development". For millions of people are still victims of racism and discrimination "Racial Profiling" (arbitrary face control), xenophobia and related intolerance in the world.

I am the first African woman to be elected to a city council in Germany. I am also a founding member and ex-chairwoman of FORWARD-Germany e. V., an association that campaigns for the abolition of female genital mutilation, a member of the "Helene Weber Network" and the "Association of Mandate Holders* of African Descent". I am committed to the empowerment of girls and women with a special focus on migrant women, as well as against violence against women, discrimination and racism.

In 2003 I received the "Grand Prize of the President of Senegal for Research and Science" in Dakar (Senegal). In 2009, I was also awarded the "Helene Weber Prize" for my commitment as a local politician by the then Federal Minister for Family Affairs, currently EU President, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen.

My career .

Academic career

  • Studies Romance Languages-Germanic Studies-Sociology
  • Doctor of Philosophy of the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen Dissertation "L'image de la femme dans la littérature francophone d'Afrique subsaharienne
  • State Examination Scientific examination for the teaching profession of Romance and German Studies at the University of Trier
  • Maîtrise en Sociologie allemande Paris-Sorbonne Facharbeit Deutsch als Fremdsprache für Kinder ausländischer Arbeitnehmer*innen in Deutschland
  • Magister Artium M.A.(Romance-Germanic Studies) University of Trier Master's thesis "Le rôle de la langue française par rapport aux langues nationales au Sénégal"Magister Artium M.A. (M.A. and 1st State Examination in Romance and German Studies University of Trier) and Paris-Sorbonne (Maîtrise. Sociologie allemande)

Professional career

  • High school teacher in Erlangen for French (ret.)
  • Assistant lecturer at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Bayreuth, FH-Nuremberg and FH Munich
  • Research assistant at the University of Trier, Erlangen-Nuremberg for Romance languages and literature
  • Lecturer at the Language Centre of the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen
  • Lecturer for French at the Euro-Sprachschule Trier