This powerful hashtag unveils the realities of sexism in Nigeria
#BeingAFemaleInNigeria was trending on Twitter yesterday, and it shed light on how Nigerian women can be treated in their society. Their stories prove that society frequently demotes women to primal importance — being a wife and a vessel for bearing children — and denies them genuine self-worth and independence in the process.
Therefore, things such as seeking a higher education would be deemed foolish because apparently men don't want a smart woman. Living on one’s own would be mischievous. And turning down a man would be considered irrational.
Women are not considered victims, but the cause of their problems. For example, if your husband cheats on you, it’s not his fault, but yours for not pleasing him and giving him what he deserves. And women must stand idly by when they are sexually harassed either in the market or at the workplace.
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And many did not hesitate to call out the Nigerian government for their lack of efforts to bring back the girls that were kidnapped by Boko Haram. It just shows that women are seen as the lesser sex; the ones not worth saving.
Of course, there were a few men who barged in and said that the people speaking out were just women who liked to complain.
Typical — they choose to ignore women’s problems because they don’t want to be labeled as part of the problem. Nonetheless, the overwhelming amount of tweets pointing out sexism in Nigeria speak louder.
Here’s a roundup of some of the #BeingAFemaleInNigeria tweets that sum it up best.