Reasons why Kenyans tend to downplay victimised women when they come out | PERSPECTIVE

Reasons why Kenyans tend to downplay victimised women when they come out | PERSPECTIVE

I remember vividly in November 2014 when a group of men took it upon them to strip and humiliate a young lady in Donholm area who had wore a mini skirt. According to them, she wasn’t properly dressed and therefore sexually provocative. 

There have been many incidences in Kenya where a victimised woman comes out to lament about a man or boyfriend’s wrongdoing, only for her to end up being slut-shamed, with notions of ‘jilted lover’ coming up.

It is a worrying modern phenomenon not just in Kenya, where women are expected to ‘behave’ in a certain way in order to preserve sanity especially on matters sex, with the public taking offence over everything, forcing women to walk on eggshells. They are expected to be the custodians of morality in the society.

According to Mark Bichachi, a communication strategist, this culture which is oppressive to women has been slowly but gradually cultivated by two main phenomenon i.e. colonialism and religion.

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