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  • on 12.12.2014
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Women are saying: Enough! 0

Hours after nearly 1000 people marched in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, to protest against the rising rate of assault on women, it was reported that a Kenyan woman was stripped by a mob at a bus stop, after she was accused of ‘tempting’ men because of her supposed ‘indecent’ clothing.

In the wake of the incident, women in Kenya have not been silent. In Kenya’s capital Nairobi, women have been organizing and holding ‘miniskirt’ marches — responding in masses. Besides showing up and turning up the volume at these marches, the online dialogue and hash tag campaign: #MydressMychoice is trending in Kenya — with a chorus of concerns, enraged and robust exchanges have been taking place.

The Kenyan (or any other African) situation is not an anomaly —neither in the violation nor in the way women are responding to abuse and humiliating attacks, perpetuated by a system that promotes such criminalizing conduct. Also, it is important to point out, in the African context, the erosion of the status of womenoccurred gradually but was significantly exacerbated and hastened by foreign invasions, particularly colonialism. Having said that, let us be reminded that violence and tolerance of violence are not endemic, not an ‘African tradition’, nor simply what black men do to women. Rather they are the results of systemic injustices. And comparably, across the globe, similar and at times much worse things are happening to women every day, often with impunity.

Amidst all the chaos, even without much backing from the courts or government, women are setting their own stage —fighting back to put an end to such chaos.

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By Amira Ali

Image Credit: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

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