PARIS—Fadela Amara—feminist, anti-racism campaigner, political activist, Muslim—is spearheading a new French revolution.
Battling against the "machismo" in France's bleak, heavily Muslim suburbs, Amara, the president of Ni Putes, Ni Soumises (Neither Whores nor Submissives), has defied the conspiracy of silence [Ed.: That would be "Multi-culturalism," ma'am] surrounding the extreme acts of violence perpetrated against young minority women in the ghettos and is offering them a third option: respect.
"Our problem today is that a lot of the girls in the suburbs ... they think the station of women is dictated by the men or boys of the quartier (neighborhood)," Amara said during a recent interview in the organization's sparsely decorated headquarters in eastern Paris. Posters from the group's recent campaigns, showcasing the multiethnic face of France, as well as a Che Guevara print, adorned her office.