Ugandan women kneeling in deference is cultural – it’s also humiliating

Photo of Ugandan women kneeling in deference is cultural – it’s also humiliating
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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.

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