Samira Bellil

French feminist activist and campaigner for the rights of girls and women

1972   -   2004

country of citizenship: France, Algeria
languages spoken, written or signed: French
occupation: writer, specialized educator, activist, feminist

Samira Bellil (24 November 1972 – 4 September 2004) was a French feminist activist and a campaigner for the rights of girls and women. Bellil became famous in France with the publication of her autobiographical book Dans l'enfer des tournantes ('In the hell of the "tournantes" (gang-rapes)) in 2002. The book discusses the violence she and other young women endured in the predominantly North African and Arab immigrant outskirts of Paris, where she was repeatedly gang-raped as a teenager by gangs led by people she knew, and then abandoned by her family and friends. The book is available in English (translated by Lucy R. McNair) as To Hell and Back: The Life of Samira Bellil.
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