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World in Progress: African women speak up for their rights

02.06.2021

Many women across Africa shape protest movements and stand up for their rights: from descendants of Benin’s Amazon warriors, to activists fighting injustice and women promoting gender equality with political and poetic means.

On this week’s show, we meet female leaders across Africa. Women across the African continent are often portrayed as oppressed, poor or victims of conflict and violence. 

But this one-sided view overlooks the increasing number of women who are shaping politics across many African countries. And there are many examples to be found. 

Many of these women put themselves in harm’s way to fight for equality and participation on the continent. Even death threats or being forced to flee their homes won't stop them.

Reporters Antje Diekhans and Dunja Sadaqi spoke with women across a number of countries. Their report is presented by Ineke Mules.

 

Antje Diekhans, Dunja Sadaqi