Oxfam Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima who sparked a social media debate with her comments discouraging women from kneeling for men has revealed more practices that she believes should be dust-binned.
“Curtsying, kneeling, footbinding, female genital cutting, dowry etc all are old cultural practices that subordinate women. Some are more harmful than others, all have no place in an equal world,” Winnie twitted on Saturday evening.
Winnie who is also opposition figure, Kizza Besigye’s wife was responding to a one, Stephen Tio Kawuma who had written;
“Speaking of this practice, it would be interesting to assess where “curtseying” as practiced by the upper echelons of British society lies on the “respect” continuum (per example). And I agree that if it is about tackling misogyny, this is hardly the place to start.”
Winnie had earlier sparked a storm on social media questioning why women kneel before men whereas men do not do the same.
“Neighbour Leonarda kneels down to greet me. I tell her not to kneel, but she insists that a young woman must show respect by kneeling 2 greet older women & men. I don’t agree, boys don’t kneel. How do we stop this humiliating ritual?” Winnie wrote.