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04 February 2020

TV5Monde: WarkhaTV, briser le silence des femmes (WarkhaTV breaking women's silence)

TV5Monde:
WarkhaTV, briser le silence des femmes (WarkhaTV breaking women's silence)

Source: tv5monde (03 fév/feb 2020): 
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Fatou Warkha a lancé en 2018 WarkhaTV, une chaîne de télévision en ligne, basée à Pikine, dans la banlieue de Dakar. Son objectif : changer les mentalités et les lois. L'année dernière, elle a réalisé une série de témoignages pour dénoncer les violences faites aux femmes sénégalaises. Elles ont longtemps été victimes de la culture de la "Soutoura", ce qui signifie "discrétion" en wolof. Intitulée "16 voix, 16 femmes, 16 victimes'', cette vidéo très partagée a largement contribué à mobiliser l'opinion publique. https://information.tv5monde.com/video/senegal-warkhatv-briser-le-silence-des-femmes

Fatou Warka launched the online television channel WarkhaTV in 2018. At 30 years old she is a social media pioneer in Senegal. Her goal is to change attitudes and laws. Last year she directed a series of 16 testimonies denouncing violence against Senegalese women.  To give voice to those who have for generations, kept silent. 16 voices, 16 victims: "He raped me when I was 13 years old, he caused me a great deal of pain, I cannot even describe it." "When I arrived I saw two perpetrators surrounding a young girl, she was not even 10 years old, they were raping her." Shared widely, this video has galvanized public opinion. To the extent that a vote criminalizing rape was put into law last January 10th. Moreover, Warkha TV approaches other societal issues. Fatou Warkha's fight has not ended. She wants to give a face and voice to everyone who has been forgotten by the authorities. (Translation from French)

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