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Zeinebou Mint Taleb Moussa is a woman's rights activist in Mauritania. For over a decade, she’s spoken out against rape and sexual assault - something that the country is tackling.

In Mauritania, there are no laws that explicitly criminalize rape. “There is no mention of the words ‘rape’ or ‘sexual assault’ in the Mauritanian laws which left a growing number of women as victims...All words that are related to sex are extremely taboo and can never be mentioned publicly,” she said in an interview with CNN.

Women who report their rapes are usually ostracized for doing so, and are often incarcerated. As president of the UN funded Mauritanian Association for Maternal and Child Health (AMSME), Taleb Moussa strives to change this. When a woman reports rape to the police, they contact AMSME and thereafter, the survivor is taken to the El Wafa center which is a space Taleb Moussa created in 2001 to provide help for rape victims.

Taleb Moussa is also working with AMSME, the Mauritanian religious leaders and government to draft a new rape law.



Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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