French-Gabonese artist Owanto uses art to tackle FGM

By Susan Owensby - RFI
Gabon French-Gabonese artist Owanto uses art to tackle FGM
NOV 27, 2021 LISTEN

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This week's quiz: On 6 November, I asked you a question about female genital mutilation (FGM) - a violent and senseless practice which ruins many young women's lives, and can be fatal. I referred to an article and video RFI English journalist Ollia Horton produced about an installation by Owanto - a French Gabonese artist – and her way of looking at it. Accompanying the artworks were audio testimonies of FGM survivors.

And that was your question. I asked you to tell me the number of countries and the number of languages featured in the audio which accompanies Owanto's paintings.

The answer is: 36 countries, 24 languages. As Ollia wrote: “This collection of audio testimonies collected from FGM survivors from 36 countries, in 24 languages, lifts the women's experiences out of the private sphere and into the public realm.”

The winners are: Mrs. Nadira Begum from the Shetu RFI Listeners Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh, and Anand Mohan Bain, the president of the Paribar Bandhu SWL RFI Club in Bhilai, India.  Also on the list of winners this week: RFI Club members Saleh Likhon from Nilphamari, Bangladesh; Samir Mukhopadhyay from Kolkat, India, and Kiplangat Nathan Sikor from Kampala, Uganda.

Congratulations winners!
Here's the music you heard on this week's programme: Lute Suite in E Major BWV 1006a by J. S. Bach, performed by Evangelina Mascardi; Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; “The Swan” from The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns, performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; "The St. Vitus Dance" by Horace Silver, performed by the Horace Silver Quintet; and “New June” by Tokunbo Akinro, performed by the composer.  

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