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International Women's Day, 2024 - Kenya appears in the Misogynistic Minority

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louis Buyisiwe

Mar 8, 2024

Women's Day

Amidst the vibrant hues of Africa's heartlands, where the mountains kiss the sky, lies the true essence of resilience and grace. 🌍💪 Here, a woman, embodying the spirit of Mother Earth, toils the soil, nurturing life with every seed sown. Surrounded by her greatest joys, her children, she weaves a tale of hope and endurance in the face of life's relentless challenges. This image captures more than a moment; it tells a story of strength, unity, and the unbreakable bond of family amidst the natural beauty of our African community. Let's honor and support the hardworking women who are the backbone of their families and communities. Together, we grow stronger
women attending women's daay Celebration in East Africa

In a world where strides toward gender equality are increasingly recognized and supported, a concerning minority still harbors misogynistic views that threaten the progress made in empowering women and girls.

Despite national surveys revealing overwhelming majorities in favor of gender equality across the globe, from over 90% support in nations like Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, to around 55% in countries such as Kenya, Russia, and South Korea, this minority remains a significant barrier.

This group, often viewing women as lesser than men, not only denies women autonomy over their lives and bodies but also seeks to limit their political, social, and economic freedoms. The behavior of such individuals ranges from ridicule and intimidation to outright physical abuse, undermining the fundamental principles of gender equality enshrined in pivotal international documents like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Misogynists' dismissal of gender equality laws and policies, which form a core part of many regional treaties and national frameworks, poses a challenge to achieving a world where women have equal rights and opportunities. Addressing this issue requires not only legal and policy reforms but also a cultural shift to dismantle deeply ingrained misogynistic attitudes.

The fight for gender equality traces its roots back to centuries of women's oppression under male-dominated structures through laws, physical force, and societal norms. Historically, women were largely confined to roles within the household, reliant on fathers and husbands for decisions, and often married off at young ages with limited personal freedom.

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