THE BUMP

Abukayo Murunga
Posted October 18, 2019 from Kenya

'THE BUMP'

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'l got pregnant at 17, it got me as a shock, l didn't understand the world l will be moving in, l had depression and felt so lost.......children are a gift yes, but they should come by choice, so let's talk about sex, contraceptive but most importantly abstinence,' she said.

'Stories we could tell with our eyes closed,'Biko Zulu says.

 

Hello my esteemed readers, it is my pleasure to be back here again, after a very long time.

I hope you have been keeping well and that we are going to enjoy our ride together.

My opening statement is already evident of what l want to pen down today, and why l choose the african portrait as my photo of reference, is the unending passion l have for Africa and all that is in it.

I would have loved to start this blog by reminding us of our lows and highs in the month of October but then, it would take forever, however it's not lost in my mind that,

'No human is limited.'

I am a social media campaigner, and l promote most of the issues l hold so dear on my online platforms. For the last three weeks, l have been promoting this campaign dubbed 'Sauti Sasa' which most of us are familiar of because l tagged you along and you didn't hesitate to join the challenge, many thanks, we owe this generation.

'Sauti Sasa' is an online campaign that's focused on amplifying our voices against the rapid rise of teenage pregnancy in the 47 counties. But, what attracted me to this campaign? I was startled by the statistics of the growing number of teenage pregnancies, particularly in the western counties. This made me rally every single person to just put their voices out there and be part of the challenge, because sometimes that's what counts.

Allow me therefore to seek your indulgence and engage you on some of the voices put out there.

First, why should teenage pregnancy matter to us, it's because most of the victims are below 18 years, right!

Where l sit, l feel we have created more awareness, and what's left to us is starting to actualize solutions to teenage pregnancy, from the effective implementation of adolescent health friendly services in our counties to the New curriculum accomodating age and developmetally appropriate comprehensive sexuality education.

I have a particular interest in Sexual Reproductive health and Rights, but it's so unfortunate that key players haven't got into it's full implementation, but good news is, it is quickly catching up with us.

Many times, when l reflect on the levels of teenage pregnancy in Kenya and beyond, l spend much of my time wishing SRHR was an agenda on its on and not pegged on anything.

Are our schools sensitizing both boys and girls on SRHR?

Are the police arresting perpetrators?

Are perpetrators being prosecuted ?

Are schools making reentrance of girls as easy as possible?

Let's painstakingly reflect on these hard but so important questions

 

Ending teenage pregnancy is surely a collective effort, we all have a role to play in combating this,

'If we all swept our door steps, the world would be a cleaner place.'

If we all played our different roles, ending teenage pregnancy would slowly be a milestone achieved, it would have seemed like too much effort was put to it, but everyone would have played a role!

It may be as small as advocating for the implementation of certain policies, mentoring girls and boys on sexual Reproductive health and rights, grassroots advocacy or even getting into sustainable programmes like reusable pads that will keep them in school.

I urge you to take it upon yourself and see what we can collectively do.

It is indeed a promising world, no doubt.

Yours Sincerely

Abukayo Murunga

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Anita Shrestha
Oct 18
Oct 18

Dear Sister
thank you for sharing

Abukayo Murunga
Oct 19
Oct 19

Many thanks, it's from sharing that we connect.

Thank you Abukayo,
"No human" is limited as you rightly said. Let us give everyone a chance to live his/her dream by creating that safe space for them. Our girls need us .

Abukayo Murunga
Oct 19
Oct 19

Hi Jap, our girls truly need us and we owe this generation. Thanks.

maeann
Oct 19
Oct 19

Hi Abukayo,

Welcome to World Pulse were women connect and encourage one another.

Thank you for sharing.

Keep on sharing your advocacy to bring awareness to teenage pregnancy.

Abukayo Murunga
Oct 19
Oct 19

Hi maeann, l am humbled to be here. I hope this platform will connect me to people who will see me through a journey that am just starting. I am Keen to learn and see how my passion for women and girls will grow. Thanks.

maeann
Oct 20
Oct 20

You are in the right platform :)

Jill Langhus
Oct 19
Oct 19

Hi Abukayo,

Congrats on your first post! Thanks so much for sharing your work and passion with us. I can definitely see how passionate you are about this topic and hear you! Is SRHR something that you think you will be more directly involved with addressing in the future, i.e., do you plan on starting a NGO to combat some of these issues in your region, country or beyond? I'm curious to hear more about your ideas, dreams, goals and mission.

Hope you're doing well and having a great weekend.

Abukayo Murunga
Oct 19
Oct 19

Hello Jill, thanks for the kind words. I am really so passionate about women and girls and what motivates me is the community l come from where l see girls and young women go through a number of challenges. I use my blog to highlight their stories and help them hope deeply even in their condition. Yes, l look forward to starting an organization but l am still on the learning journey, looking forward to your guidance. Thank you.

Jill Langhus
Oct 21
Oct 21

You're very welcome!

I see:-) Yes, I thought you might! Okay. Let us know what you would like guidance on, dear? You can also private message me, too:-)

Hope you have a great day and week, dear!

XX

Abukayo Murunga
Oct 21
Oct 21

Hello, l will private message you. Thanks for accomodating me

Jill Langhus
Oct 23
Oct 23

Okay, dear:-) You're welcome!

Lisbeth
Oct 20
Oct 20

Dear Bukayo,
We are all glad to also have you back. We have missed you in action. I hope you are doing very well by the grace of the Almighty God.
You story kept me clued to my script. You are an intelligent story teller my dear. Thanks for sharing sharing this your amazing story with us once again. As sad as it seems it's the reallity on the group. I look forward to reading more of your stories.
Hugs

Abukayo Murunga
Oct 20
Oct 20

Many thanks Lisbeth, it's us to give our stories a voice.

Hello, dear Abukayo,

Finally, you are able to post your first story! Welcome back to this sisterhood. Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights is a great advocacy. I look forward to reading more of your journey.

I like your optimism in seeing that we are living in a promising world. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a great day!