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The president of an African nation recently made what was considered a controversial proclamation, which was directed at the female citizens of his country.
According to report earlier this week by CNN News, Tanzanian President John Magufuli made a passionate plea to the people of this East African nation and encouraged them to actively procreate. He also urged women to swear off birth control at a public Tanzanian rally held earlier this week.
Western nations, particularly the United States of America, see Magufuli’s statement as controversial because their political positions on women’s reproductive rights are far more liberal than the ideologies that are prescribed in the Eastern nations of the world.
It is also worth noting that the majority of Western nations are dominated by those who are not people of color. These American and European ruling establishments have also historically upheld institutionalized forms of white supremacy.
Additionally, it is very plausible to believe that those who uphold a globalized view of Eurocentrism see Magufuli’s words as a threat to their existence. People of color, including those of African descent, are a majority when it comes to total sum of people who exist in the world.
“Women can now give up contraceptive methods,” Magufuli said in his public statement, according to CNN.
“Those going for family planning are lazy. They are afraid they will not be able to feed their children. They do not want to work hard to feed a large family and that is why they opt for birth controls and end up with one or two children only,” he continued.
John Magufuli, President of Tanzania
Even in his own nation of Tanzania, Magufuli has influential critics who believe that his policies take a hardline stance on issues that pertain to protecting women and girls. However, in any position of power, the ultimate goal is to lead, not to be popular.