Inès Boubakri is a talented athlete from Tunisia who won the first bronze medal for her country in the 2016 Olympic Games in Foil on August 10th, 2016. She is also the first female African medalist in Foil Fencing. Boubakri won her medal by beating the Russian Aïda Shanaeva 15 to 11. It was a rematch of the World Championships where the Russian had won against her.
The 27-year-old has become a source of inspiration for women around the world and a great symbol of solidarity amongst Tunisian women. She dedicated her medal to her country and especially to the “Tunisian woman, The Arab” that has “her place in society.” She is not invisible like some pretend she is.
In Inès Boubakri’s own words after winning at the Olympics of Rio 2016, “This medal, it’s historic for Tunisia. It’s unbelievable. I hope it will be a message to all Tunisians, especially to the young ones, the Tunisian women, the Arab women. It means you need to believe that the woman exists and that she has her place in society.”
It’s not surprising Boubakri won a medal in Women’s individual foil. In fact, her track record is proof that she was on her way to greatness already. During the Mediterranean Games of 2009 and 2013, Boubakri won a bronze and a silver medal respectively. In 2013 at the World Championships, she won bronze.
Inès Boubakri is making us proud by being fierce and showing the world what women can do. A new generation of fierce women is here. There are testaments of women that will not stand on the sidelines and let other people write their narrative. In fact, they are making it happen.
Inès Boubakri’s husband Erwann Le Péchoux is also a fencer in foil and a multi-gold medalist winner for France.
Since her win, Boubakri has amassed a ton of support on social media. Hashtags after hashtags are praising her win and what it represents for those who still don’t have a voice because of non-Islamic cultural baggage.
We wish her all the best in future foil competitions around the world. Oh baby, to the top you will go. We support you!