Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Kenyon men boycott women because of DV
Kenyan men protest domestic violence
(Washington D.C. Feb 21, 2012 AVfM News) Yesterday the BBC reported that
a men's group in Kenya named Maendeleo Ya Wanaume (translation not
available) announced an initiative to protest what is becoming a growing
problem of female perpetrated domestic abuse in that country. The
protest will entail a nation wide boycott of meals made by their wives
and partners and is supposed to encourage men to eat away from home
together and share their experiences with domestic abuse whether it be
physical or emotional.
In Kenyan culture eating your wife's meal is said to be a very important
part of a mans expression of appreciation for his wife.
Last year, the group conducted its own survey of Central and Nairobi
provinces and found that up to 460,000 men said they had been subjected
to some sort of domestic abuse. The two provinces have a combined
population of more than seven million people.
In addition to the BBC release local Kenyan television station, NTV
Kenya, has broadcast a story about the protest and featured victims of
extreme physical abuse. Explanations for the abuse perpetrated by wives
included undocumented reports of widespread alcoholism by men and the
fact that women were now earning more than men and as better earners
were more resentful that they were taking up more financial responsibility.
The African continent has some very predatory women. When these women are not raping the men they are battering them. I want to wish our Kenyon brothers the best on this boycott and I hope they are able to conscious raise the feeling in the community that female-on-male domestic violence is an issue that needs to be taking more seriously.