Marie Michael Library
Femmes du Niger (Women of Niger)
VHS; French with English subtitles.
This film brings to light some curious interpretations of democracy in African societies. In Niger, a traditionally Islamic country where polygyny is authorized, fundamentalism and tradition mingle to deprive women of democratic rights. Chronicling human rights concerns of women in Niger, the 1992 elections are examined, where many men voted by proxy for their wives and daughters. Examples of abuse and intimidation against women speakers and women's groups are described. These acts have stimulated revolt among women and many dynamic women's associations stand firm against efforts to silence them.