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African women's group condemn xenophobia

Women's group Femnet says Africans shouldn't be labelled as foreigners on their own continent.

FILE: The Pan-African organisation has members from 42 countries in Africa, including South Africa. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African women are standing up against the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

In Kenya, women's group Femnet says Africans shouldn't be labelled as foreigners on their own continent, as that too brings with it negative attitudes.

The Pan-African organisation has members from 42 countries in Africa, including South Africa.

Spokesperson Nabila Abdulmalik says it's shocked by what happened and believes it's time to work together, now more than ever, in understanding our differences.

"I am shocked to hear Africans being labelled foreigners on their own continent; perhaps we can label them as non-South Africans."

Femnet has joined many others who condemn xenophobia but its main focus is educating Africans on the cause of inequalities that it believes seems to trigger these incidents.