Several days ago, Laura Miti and several others were arrested for demonstrating outside the Zambian Parliament, demanding accountability for the US$42 million spent on forty-two fire trucks. A brave act, some would say foolhardy in the face of a request from the police not to go ahead with the protest. “Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity”. These words have been attributed to an American psychiatrist who medically examined Alice Paul, an obscure suffragette who was imprisoned in 1917 after demonstrating for women’s right to vote. It led to public outrage which eventually caused U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s government to pass the 19th amendment to the United States of America’s constitution in 1920 giving women the right to vote.
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