An emerging hashtag is trending on Twitter and it is indeed powerful.
#BeingFemaleInNigeria is sparking a conversation about the daily sexism and misogyny women in the country face. Nigeria has been under the international microscope largely due to the April 2014, and subsequent abductions and rape of thousands of girls and women at the hands of the Boko Haram, a radical Islamist extremist group.
As women and girls in the country continue to struggle with such distress, global conversation about their exposure to sexist microaggressions remains relatively under the radar.
But #BeingFemaleInNigeria is changing that.
The Warmate Book Club created the hashtag on Tuesday. It follows a discussion on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TedTalk transcript, “We Should All Be Feminists” according to the Huffington Post. The predominantly female group started sharing firsthand accounts of experiencing sexism.
#BeingFemaleInNigeria Family members trying to find a man to “calm you down ” because you’re too outspoken and autonomous
— Nne.nna Legalise (@theAfroLegalise) June 30, 2015
My grandmother had to sleep with her husband’s corpse for three days to prove she didn’t kill him #BeingFemaleInNigeria
— frida kahlo. (@LexiLoves__) June 30, 2015
#BeingFemaleInNigeria chances are you wouldn’t get certain jobs because you refused to sleep with the Oga at the top.
— Uche Odoh (@KingUcheOdoh) June 30, 2015
Shout out to the men who understand that #BeingFemaleInNigeria is about women sharing real pain & not about some “feminist agenda”
— FAVORED WOMAN (@4LaH) June 30, 2015
— Kim Love (@kimmaytube) June 30, 2015
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