Jan 15, 2024

Kenyan Airbnb murder: How femicide exposed toxic online misogyny

The brutal murder of a young Kenyan woman at an Airbnb has sparked outrage and exposed the violent "Manosphere" perpetuating misogyny online in the country. In response to the rampant victim blaming, "STOP KILLING WOMEN" began trending in Kenya on X. One woman on X said: "Can't believe we're still seeing stories of what women should and shouldn't do when men should actually stop killing women first," adding that "It's really so simple." Kenyan MP Esther Passaris told the BBC she was not surprised at the victim-blaming online because Kenya is a patriarchal society, and looks down on women. For many campaigners, the response from Kenyan men online is not uncommon. "Many men were not taught or educated on how to coexist with women as equal human beings," Mr Otieno sighs.

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