Polemic over Couscous in Algeria: Culture Minister defends herself -video

Polemic over Couscous in Algeria: Culture Minister defends herself -video

The Minister of Culture, Malika Bendouda, referred to her remarks which aroused a controversy about women and the preparation of couscous, considering that they were decontextualized.

In a publication on her facebook page, made public this friday, december 18, and accompanied by the video of her full speech, the Minister of culture defended herself in face of the controversy aroused by an excerpt from her remarks.

Previously, the Minister has been strongly criticized on social networks after having declared that “the woman who does not know how to prepare couscous represents a threat to her family”.

Mrs. Bendouda defended herself by asserting that “when a sentence is stripped of its context, it can be misinterpreted, particularly in matters of history and thought”.

She, also, underlined that “in some of our traditions today, the preparation of couscous is a characteristic for women, but historically, it was a resource of life and economic integration for the family, especially in the Numidian era ”.

Finally, Minister Bendouda considered that her sentence “has been taken out of its context and used inappropriately”, adding that “resorting to the recording (the video of his full speech) removes any confusion or falsification”.

It is worth recalling that the Couscous and the knowledge, know-how and practices related to its production, have been included in the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO)

Added to Couscous, a total of six (6) Algerian cultural heritage were included in the same UNESCO’s representative list , namely:

“Sbuâ de mawlid ennabaoui” (2015);
The feast of s`beiba, an annual event celebrated in djanet (2014);
The imzad, dossier presented by Algeria, mMali and Niger (2013);
The rakb pilgrimage of ouled sidi cheikh (2013);
The “chedda” wedding costume of tlemcen (2012);
Aahellil de gourara (2008).



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