Honorine Goueth is a proud Afro-French woman raised in the southern Banlieue of Paris (Viry-Châtillon). At a young age, she was passionate about ancient Egypt, which led her to the history books. After a dual-degree bachelor’s in History and Hispanic studies, Honorine continued with a Master’s of Arts in Contemporary History at Paris-Sorbonne University. Studying for a year at the University of Barcelona sparked an interest in Latin America, one which she continues to explore. Upon her return to Paris, she worked for the Bolivian and American Ambassadors to the French Republic, and assisted a study-work program at the International Relations Office of Paris-Sorbonne University.
In 2015, Honorine was accepted into Humanity in Action’s Paris Fellowship, on which she remarks, “it changed my life.”
During the Fellowship, Honorine had the opportunity to debate about social injustices, exchange insights from participant’s different cultural and social contexts, and learn more than she has ever imagined on human relationships and community-building. Importantly, the program connected her with a bright and passionate group of people that she says
“undoubtedly marked my sense of activism and identity as a minoritized individual capable of understanding and combating systemic inequalities.”
Guided by the visions and values of Humanity in Action, Honorine pursued two United Nations-oriented missions where she devoted herself to human rights, climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. After leaving the Office of the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations, Honorine participated in Humanity in Action’s Congressional Fellowship, where she provided legislative support on education, foreign affairs and social development portfolios to Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) in the United States House of Representatives. Afterwards, Honorine was accepted to the Yenching Academy at Peking University where she is currently deepening her understanding of the Sino-African partnership as well as learning Mandarin.
Honorine has combined her passion for African cultures, entrepreneurship and education at a Paris-based agency of cultural and touristic promotion called Little Africa, in which she has been personally involved since its foundation five years ago. In 2018, Honorine became Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Little Africa, where she oversees public relations, human resources and business development opportunities in Asia. The company has already partnered with leading cultural institutions, brands and influencers in France and across Africa. Little Africa was also featured by media outlets such as Huffington Post, Jeune Afrique, Vogue Paris, Vogue Spain, Le Monde Magazine, Les Inrocks, and Konbini.
“[Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating] are there to remind me not only of the impact someone like me can have but also the obstacles individuals must overcome to succeed in their dreams.”
As busy as Honorine is, she still takes time to look for inspiration in the arts and media. Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating, characters from the American television series Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder respectively, are more than TV shows to her. After a stressful day, Honorine listens to minimal music to help recenter herself and decompress. She recommends all social activists find what releases them.
More from Honorine Goueth
Framing underprivilege with underdevelopment, social justice and sustainability together
Senior Fellow Honorine Goueth writes on the need to rethink sustainable solutions for underdeveloped regions of so-called "developed" countries like France.
On the road in the United States to talk about Afro-Parisian culture in France
Senior Fellow Honorine Goueth is the COO of Little Africa, which is bound to tour the United States to talk about Afro-Parisian culture in France in October and November 2019.
Thank you to our 2017 US Review and Admissions Committees
Meet the 2017 Humanity in Action Congressional Fellows
Humanity in Action is pleased to introduce the recipients of the 2017 Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellowship.