In the Ivory Coast, the "Kodjo Rouge" is a red piece of cloth used by women to cover their genitalia after giving birth or as a sanitary pad.
Strucking the ground with such an intimate element of oneself, bears a symbolic and powerful significance when women or mothers feel the need to cast a spell on whoever is the source of any of their misfortunes in life.
Thus, thousands of Ivorian women "patriots" opposing President Alassane Ouattara's third term bid, dressed in white and bearing"Red Kodjo" chanted: "enough is enough".
They cursed the illegal and unconstitutional decision by Ouattara
They cursed the illegal and unconstitutional decision by Mr Ouattara and demanded his immediate withdrawal from the political scene in Côte d'Ivoire. Wearing the red symbol of their menstrual blood, they struck the Parisian pavements with chants of "NO to a third term", "Ouattara must go", from the Place Victor Hugo, site of the Embassy of Côte d'Ivoire to the famous human rights square, the Trocadero.
After speeches by women representing various opposition parties, they struck in unison the ground of the Trocadero with their "Red Kodjos" to curse a regime which they feel violates the constitution; an act that symbolizes the extreme anger of women in the pure Ivorian tradition.
"Ouattara must go, we curse you with our "Red kodjo".”Withdraw your illegal candidacy or you will suffer the wrath of the women of Côte d'Ivoire".
They came from all over France and Europe in a unifying show of force and vowed to keep cursing Ouattara until he leaves office.
On August 6, 2020, President Ouattara made a shocking U-turn by announcing to run for an illegal third term after 10 years in office.
Published by Claude B. Djaquis