Shaking Things Up

Game changers: Ibrahim Hachane and Kalista Sy, in the name of women

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Game Changers

By Mehdi Ba and Nina Kozlowski 

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Posted on December 24, 2021 11:20

One is a lawyer in Morocco, the other a scriptwriter in Senegal. Both have, in their respective fields, helped shake up the conservatism surrounding women’s rights.

This is part 5 of an 8-part series

Ibrahim Hachane, against all odds

Born in Dar Ould Zidouh – a rural commune located in central Morocco, at the foot of the Middle Atlas – and “proud of it”, 40-year-old Ibrahim Hachane is a fighter who never gives up.

In August 2018, Morocco was shocked to discover Khadija Ouakkarou’s ordeal. At the time, the 17-year-old girl shared a video online where she described how she had been kidnapped, falsely imprisoned, raped, abused and forcibly tattooed all over her body over a two-month period by 13 men aged between 15 and 29, in the region of Beni Mellal.

As soon as she filed her complaint, Ibrahim Hachane, a criminal lawyer and member of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH), from the same region as the adolescent, hastened to defend her against all odds. However, for the lawyer, who is committed to left-wing politics and far from the

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