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Toufah Jallow (圖法·賈洛)

Gambian Anti-Rape Activist & Survivor || 比亞反強暴運動家

Sub-Saharan Africa

Fatou “Toufah” Jallow is a former beauty pageant queen, sexual assault survivor, and women’s rights and anti-rape activist from The Gambia. Jallow was 18 years old when she won a beauty pageant sponsored by Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh with the promise of a scholarship to continue her studies. However, the dictator took advantage of the proximity he gained through the pageant to rape her. She fled into exile to escape the grip of Jammeh but rather than hide in shame and behind anonymity, she decided to “take back that power.” In June 2019, she was the first person to publicly accuse the now-exiled former dictator of sexual assault, breaking the culture of silence around sexual violence in her country, and inspiring the #IamToufah movement, which has been called Gambia’s #MeToo. Fatou was one of the Oslo Freedom Forum virtual speakers in 2020 along with Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang.

 

法圖·圖法·賈洛(Fatou “Toufah” Jallow)是前選美皇后、性侵倖存者、是來自甘比亞的女權和反強姦倡議家。 賈洛18 歲時贏得了由甘比亞獨裁者葉海亞·賈梅( Yahya Jammeh)贊助的選美比賽,並獲得承諾說將授予獎學金,支持她繼續追求學業。然而,該獨裁者利用選美比賽親近她並施以強姦。她逃亡流放以逃避賈梅的控制,但她沒有隱匿在羞恥和隱姓埋名的陰影底下,反而決定“奪回權力”。 2019年6月,她是第一個公開指責現已流亡前獨裁者的性侵暴行,打破了甘比亞對性暴力的沉默文化,並引發了被稱為「甘比亞 #MeToo 」的「#IamToufah」 運動。賈洛與台灣數位發展部唐鳳部長曾一起擔任2020年虛擬奧斯陸自由論壇的線上講者。

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