Correspondence

#MeToo in Morocco, female farmers in Ivory Coast and women activists in Libya

CORRESPONDENCE
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In our show "Correspondence", we explore how the world is coping with the twists and turns of 2021, amid the consequences of Covid-19 and beyond. FRANCE 24 brings you a selection of original reports from our correspondents and teams around the globe.

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March 8 was International Women's Day and in many countries, there is still a long way to go for equal rights to be established. 

Our reports for this special edition:

>> In Morocco, one creative project is aiming to encourage victims of sexual violence to speak out about what is a taboo subject. Four different accounts of abuse have been filmed and edited; the web series is called #TaAnaMeToo ("I'm also MeToo"). Jean-Marie Lemaire reports.

>> In Lebanon, some progress has been made towards improving gender equality over the past year. A new law was passed against sexual harassment and another was amended to better target domestic violence. But one glaring omission remains: Lebanese women cannot pass on their nationality to husbands who are foreign-born nor to their children. This makes many such families second-class citizens. Zeina Antonios reports.

>> In Ivory Coast, the economy is mostly agriculture-based and the majority of those working in the sector are women. But issues such as fair pay and having a say in decision-making and management are distant goals for most Ivorian women in agriculture. Sam Bradpiece and Caroline Dumay met one woman who is breaking glass ceilings. 

>> Finally, speaking out on women's rights in Libya can be deadly. Several prominent female activists and politicians have been murdered or forcibly disappeared in recent years. And yet Libya still boasts a large number of courageous female activists, working tirelessly to bring about change. Catherine Norris-Trent and Julie Dungelhoeff met one of them.

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