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01 May 2011

Valérie Kaboré: Regards au féminin

Valérie Kaboré
Vues d'Afrique 2011 Watch: Valérie Kaboré by Issaka Compaoré (2010)

A documentary by Issaka Compaoré, is a tribute to Valérie Kaboré, a role model in the area of cultural development in Burkina Faso.

For the conclusion of the Vues d'Afrique 2011 Watch it is fitting to highlight Valérie Kaboré's important contribution in the area of audiovisual communication and her role in female education and awareness building. Trained at INAFEC Institut Africain d'Etudes Cinématographique (Ouagadougou), she went on to obtain a diploma in Audiovisual Sciences and Techniques at the University of Ouagadougou. She is the director of Média 2000, a media communications company which she founded in 1991.

Valérie Kaboré received the Millennium Development Goal MDG3 Champion Torch in 2008 for her successful television series “Ina” and her commitment to girls’ education. Similarly, during our 1997 interview, Valérie Kaboré talked about her series "Nâitre fille en Afrique" (To Be Born a Girl in Africa, 1993), which also focuses on girls and the importance of their education. Her comments highlight her ongoing commitment to girls' rights. She had this to say:

I think, generally speaking, that African women have much to bring to the development of our continent. It is for this reason that we fight more and more so that women may be trained and educated and have at least a minimum amount of instruction. Because to put a woman in school is to teach her how to open the door to life. Even if she does not go to school for a long period of time, she can at least acquire a minimum amount of knowledge to be able to manage her household and communicate values to her children for their future. In general, the development of Africa depends on what we will do for women of our generation and those of the future.


Also view a film portrait of Valérie Kaboré by the World Intellectual Property Organization:




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