African Women Status (02:18)
Learn the traditional role of African women. Women account for 52% of Africa's population.
Female Circumcision (02:40)
Sex is a taboo subject in Africa. Aicha Tamboura was circumcised at the age of four.
African Tradition (02:00)
Tamboura describes her experience with female circumcision.
Female Circumcision Process (02:33)
Mme Karambiri began practicing female circumcision at eight-years-old. She explains why the procedure is done and describes the process.
Going Against Tradition (02:43)
Tamboura discusses the difficulty of changing attitudes toward female circumcision. Mariam Lamizana discusses the campaign against the practice.
Forced Marriages (02:36)
Young girls are often promised to men. Rosalie joined a nunnery to escape marriage. Sister Emmanuelle discusses this common practice.
Escaping Traditional Society (01:58)
Kadidia Sanogo discusses young girls taking refuge in a nunnery instead of accepting an arranged marriage. Widows are often forced to marry their husband's brother.
Unable to Freely Choose a Husband (03:07)
A woman discusses being used as an object between two families. Wives are considered minors and a guardian must be found to manage assets; many widows are left with nothing.
Living in the Streets (01:42)
A man reflects on sleeping in a cardboard box. Lucie Kabore says that man is destroying himself.
Journalist Monique Ilboudo describes African women as submissive; few precautions are taken during sex. Blanche Toe discusses STD prevention in the marketplace.
AIDS Prevention (02:27)
Toe discusses the impact of AIDS on women. A volunteer demonstrates how to use a condom.
See archival footage of the 1991 revolution in Mali. Asissata Cisse recalls aiding the wounded and getting caught in the middle of a rally against the violence. (Graphic images)
Struggles for African Women (02:39)
Cisse reflects on the women's involvement in the 1991 Mali revolution. Governor Kadidiatou Sow discusses the political appointment of women and how crisis affects women.
Women clean fish and dry them along the shoreline. Women do not have the right to trade and men do the selling.
Women prepare animal hides; the land they work on does not belong to them. The state ignores the income they generate. Mariem Sow says women are overworked.
Women create new activities to earn money. In Benin, women enter new economy sectors such as auto body.
Danktopa Market (03:52)
Despite illiteracy, most women are shopkeepers. Daughters begin learning their mothers' trade by the age of six. Sometimes women teach their husbands and sons.
In Africa, women have not traditionally been successful in politics. Rich business women may become more involved; women's associations provide a grass roots level.
Credits: Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts (00:51)
Credits: Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts
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