I was afraid men would not consider me a complete woman if they knew. I wrote: 'What you have done is totally scandalous. They were screaming, and soon I was screaming too because I was so scared," she remembers. It is my ambition that our daughters don't have to fight the same battles as we did. Her father loved books and reading, and he introduced his clever daughter to the great French novelists and the philosophers of the Age of Enlightenment. There are so many men who never read a book, you know. Victims of breast ironing: It felt like 'fire' Cameroonian girls are enduring a painful daily procedure with long lasting physical and psychological consequences.
Lena. Age: 23.
She was aggressive towards my mother.
Ireland. Age: 25.
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I quarrelled with her from the very moment she arrived. She spent her days on the couch. She was active in the Burkinese student movement for freedom of speech, demonstrating for justice for journalist Norbert Zongo, who was assassinated while investigating the murder of a driver who had worked for the president's brother.