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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: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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