Activists’ anger over Ivory Coast polygamy proposal

Women’s rights activists in Ivory Coast have expressed anger over a proposed bill that would legalise polygamy for men, calling it a step backwards in the fight for equality.

Polygamy was outlawed in Ivory Coast in 1964.

It’s prohibited in many parts of the world but remains widespread in West African countries.

Rights groups say Ivorian women face systemic inequalities and discrimination.

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights considers the practice discriminatory against women and has called for its eradication.

The bill has to be reviewed by the Constitutional Court before it it can be put to a vote in parliament.

Asaase Radio