African women reluctant to embrace #MeToo

The #MeToo campaign has increased the confidence of women, mainly Western women, to report sexual and gender-based violence. But in Africa, the shame and blame on the victims has largely kept them silent.

In fiercely patriarchal societies, where religion and tradition define the role of women, simply reporting domestic violence is so difficult that it is not even considered to bring down men of power, as #MeToo has allowed.

While being confident but asking to remain anonymous, a 40-year-old psychologist living in Kenya told AFP that she was stunned when one of her former boyfriends slapped her in front of his family.

Their reaction was to say…

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