Aicha Lemsine on Gender Censorship
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“The most bitter opposition to women writers occurs when they move out of marked gender categories of discourse and trespass in areas considered outside of their realm.”
In honor of this week’s 2017 PEN World Voices Festival and its line-up of events on topics of gender and power, please enjoy this recording of Aicha Lemsine speaking about gender-specific censorship in Algeria and the role of democracy in combating human rights violations and violence against women.