Ugandan women kneeling in deference is cultural – it’s also humiliating
A Ugandan executive faces an outcry for condemning the practice
If a woman from Uganda meets a man she knows on Oxford Street, she would be expected to get on her knees to greet him. Kneeling in deference to men and older people is a common practice for many African ethnic groups; anything less and the woman risks being considered poorly brought up, elitist and disrespectful.
So when Winnie Byanyima, the Ugandan-born executive director of Oxfam International, took to Twitter to question the practice, she sparked a fierce debate about the relationship between women’s rights and traditional culture.Continue reading...