A voice for North African women
Presenter and producer Samia Jallali Kessai and her film crew recorded 26 episodes of a new women’s programme called You’re Precious. It is in Arabic with Kabyle subtitles, making it accessible to different communities spread throughout Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and Libya.
The 15-minute programme segments confront controversial issues in which North African women often remain voiceless. For example, many young women are rushed into marriages they have not chosen and are often later discarded by their husbands, who seek new brides.
“We want to remind women that they are very precious in God’s eyes. We want to encourage them to find peace and comfort in the Lord,” says Samia.
Exploring unspoken topics
Divorce is just one of many subjects tackled by the new programme. The show also raises the issues of fear, domestic conflict, choosing a spouse and finding value in ones identity as a woman.