Great global reckoning with sexual harassment is Long overdue- Chimamanda

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Following the campaign of global #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct in the wake of the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s downfall, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has said Great global reckoning with sexual harassment is Long overdue.

The author of several award-winning books, including “Half of a Yellow Sun”, “Purple Hibiscus” and “Americanah”, disclosed that women in many parts of the world couldn’t talk about these because no one will believe them.

She, however, told the story of a woman who had recently posted on Facebook about a professor who sexually harassed her in medical school adding that #MeToo movement had also provoked debate in Africa — although not as much as in the West.

She noted, “It’s just one story but for me, it is symbolic of what this all movement has brought about.” “I know that in Nigeria young women followed the news and I also know that suddenly some young women started to talk about their own experiences,”

According to her being a feminist in Africa means being willing to go against convention, she said. “There are many women in the African continent who are feminist but who don’t use the language of western feminism, who don’t even call themselves feminist,” “Sic’

She added, “But in the way that they live their lives, they are feminist because they consider themselves to be fully human and fully equal and they go against conventions.”

This includes “single mothers leaving abusive marriages even though they have a lot of family pressure to stay on”, as well as “choosing to be ambitious and not apologizing for it”.

The award-winning novelist as tirelessly campaigned against gender inequality.

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