Here, Maryam Kazeem of Okayafrica examines the complexities of women’s struggles, worldwide. One seemingly new, and very controversial theme that has arisen in feminist groups waging struggle in Europe has bee nude demonstrations. While others argue globally over these women’s choices, this author enlightens us on the African origins of this particular method of protest.
From the article:
“What is arguably one of the most powerful manifestations of naked protest over the past century took place during the Women’s War in Eastern Nigeria (1929) and was a significant manifestation of black women’s resistance to colonial authority and racialised Western notions of the body. The significance of the history of this method continues to manifest in naked protests, which have taken place in West, East, and Southern Africa as recently as December 2012. Yet these black women and their unyielding fearlessness to literally put their bodies on the line and stand against multinational oil companies, corruption, and violence, receive little visibility in the mainstream. Sometimes, even in their own countries, their commitment and strength is dismissed as foolish, unfruitful and futile.”