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A quiet revolution: more women seek divorces in conservative West Africa

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The number of women seeking divorces is increasing overall in West Africa. “Frustrated by their husbands’ inability to earn a living, and in a society where basic views on relationships have changed, women are asserting more control over their marriages,” explains Dionne Searcey, West Africa bureau chief for The New York Times. Her article offers a series of testimonies from women’s divorce cases. While divorce does not always have a positive outcome, it is a sign that women know their rights and are demanding respect and happiness in their marriages. Child and forced marriages are also declining, thanks to the efforts of child protection and women’s associations, which push communities to change their attitudes about these practices. 


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