Moroccan rapper khtek makes it to the BBC’s 100 women of 2020

Moroccan rapper Houda Abouz, alias Khtek. / DR
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Moroccan rapper Houda Abouz, alias Khtek, is part of the BBC's 100 women of 2020, which includes inspiring and influential women from around the world. Unveiled Tuesday, this list celebrates Khtek who «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 wrote.

«Keep on fighting, creating, resisting; never back down. Our fight has just started, and we are everything this world needs: woman power», Khtek said.

Houda Abouz chose the name Khtek to help «break up with the taboo associated with the sister figure in our society and the interpretations given to her, especially in rap songs», she previously told Yabiladi.

It all started for Khtek in 2016, when the young artist took refuge in writing rap. She made her first appearance on stage in 2018 at the Hardzazat festival in Ouarzazate. Her collaboration with established rappers like Don Bigg, Toto and Draganog gave her even more confidence to release her solo song.

The list includes Sanna Marin, who leads Finland's all-female coalition government, Michelle Yeoh, star of the new Avatar and Marvel films and Sarah Gilbert, who heads the Oxford University research into a coronavirus vaccine, as well as Jane Fonda, a climate activist and actress.

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