Writer and activist Farida Belghoul, a prominent figure in the early 1980s, has once again got people’s attention. Her campaign to get parents to boycott schools over unfounded claims that primary school pupils are being taught 'gender theory' with explicit sexual messages has catapulted her back into the limelight after decades in the wilderness. Although only a relatively small number of parents of children at around 100 primary schools obeyed the boycott and kept their children at home on January 24th and 27th, the issue quickly provoked a major political row. Last Wednesday education minister Vincent Peillon even felt obliged to tell headteachers to summon the parents concerned to explain the true nature of the 'ABCD of equality' lessons, which aim to promote equality between boys and girls.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.