#BeingFemaleInNigeria

Feminist club sparks conversation about everyday sexism in Nigeria

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Lagos. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

A book club in the Nigerian capital of Abuja recently sparked an international conversation about the sexism women face every day in Nigeria. The club began as a meeting of 15 men and women led by Florence Warmate, inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2014 feminist pamphlet “We Should All Be Feminists.” Warmate told BuzzFeed, “We were discussing the book, started talking about our own experiences and thought we should take this to a larger audience.” The group then created the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria and asked women to share their personal experiences online. They received an overwhelming response of more than 54,000 replies. Some #BeingFemaleInNigeria tweets include, “You can’t buy property..Unless you are married first..If not, you won’t find a good man,” and “When his family comes to tell you that he has to marry another wife because you didn’t give him a boy.” The Twitter conversation brings much-needed attention to the issues Nigerian women face, in a country where almost 30 percent of women have reported experiencing physical violence.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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