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BroadTalk with Aminata Conteh-Biger

Mar 25, 2021 | Podcast, Feature

How does a young woman who is subjected to brutal sexual slavery in Sierra Leone, escape a civil war, land in Australia and rebuild her life? And why does motherhood send her back to the land that terrorized her, as she tries to empower some of the most disempowered women & girls on earth.

AMINATA CONTEH-BIGER is no ordinary woman. In March 2021 she spoke at the March4Justice rally in Canberra, where she posed a powerful question to the Australian Prime Minister and all members of parliament, when she asked, “If you have so much trouble believing the stories of (sexual abuse and rape from) white women, what hope is there for black women?”

Aminata’s own story is a powerful tale of female resilience. It’s also a story about choice. Her choice to rise above the horrific experiences she endured in order to live a life focused on love, family, forgiveness and supporting other women, is nothing short of inspirational.

Her own story has been captured in film in the excellent SBS documentary, ‘Daughters of Sierra Leone’; detailed in her moving book ‘Rising Heart’; and powerfully celebrated in the hit play and now film, ‘The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe’.

Please note the following podcast on BroadTalk includes reference to disturbing experiences. If this should raise concerns for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or 1800Respect on 1800 737 732.

BroadTalk is hosted by Virginia Haussegger and produced by Martyn Pearce.

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