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Uwa niile na ele anya. (The whole world is watching)

Uwa. Tina. Me. Your daughter.

We are surrounded by the patriarchy, and the whole world is watching. It is there in the way we walk, in the water we drink, it is in our language; the way we give select words masculine or feminine attributes.
It appears harmless, but what happens when it becomes an intentional weapon? What happens when we breathe in patriarchy, and breathe out power-drunk air?

New media’s response to violence against women and gender based violence in general has been nothing short of alarming. New media consists of people; people behind screens and keyboards. When sexual violence, female genital mutilation, female infanticide and other honor crimes are brought to screens, there is a notable progression of general response to these crimes.

At the first stage a massive engagement of all sorts is seen. Outrage pours from all corners of social media and the news. This outrage often generates into a hashtag; a call to action, sometimes bearing the victim's name. Stop rape. Justice for Uwa. Justice for Tina.

Next we see outrage degenerate into a need to identify provocation. Bullying, finger pointing, clout chasing and further oppression of the gender in question is rife. Here the patriarchy comes out to play, and it pours sand in our eyes, wounding and blinding us in its wake. We realise our friends are not friends, and that the people we have held dearly could sign our death warrants if we were at their mercy. We realise the need to interview people before we let them into our lives.

Eventually the media comes to rest with a shifty silence. Nobody knows what has happened. Was justice served? Should we continue? But we are tired, aren't we? It doesn't make any difference, does it? The victims are left alone and commanded to heal, whether or not they have to capacity to do so without justice. The movement which started with everyone is discarded to the archives of social platforms, waiting for the next crime to occur.

Uwa. Tina. Me. Your daughter.
We are surrounded by the patriarchy, and the whole world is watching.

Questioning Masculinity. Emerging afrosurrealism crypto artist Learning, constantly

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