The BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020. And in an extraordinary year – when countless women around the world have made sacrifices to help others – one name on the list is recognized by Moroccans.
She is “Khtek”. In Moroccan dialect, her stage name means “your sister”. Hoda Abouz, is a Moroccan rapper who is known for her unique creative style and the distinct lyrics of her songs. “She stands up for women’s rights and gender equality. As a Moroccan rapper in a heavily male-dominated industry, Houda considers her music a tool for change,” the BBC description reads.
HodaAbouz rose to prominence in January 2020 when she featured in Hors Série, with other big names in the Moroccan rap scene: Don Bigg, Elgrande Toto, and Draganov. Following her win of the OkWaitChallenge on social networks, she started to post her freestyles on her Instagram page, which allowed her to have visibility as well as expand her fanbase. Her latest music video, Ftila, has been viewed over 2 million times on Youtube.
“Keep on fighting, creating, resisting; never back down. Our fight has just started, and we are everything this world needs: woman power.
” she says quoting the 100 Influential Women list.
Among the 100 names, 11 names came from Arab countries (Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Somalia, Yemen, Lebanon…), with different backgrounds: academics, scientists, entrepreneurs, journalists.