Aman in a women degree course

chrispinus mkado
Posted February 21, 2021 from Kenya

I hope you are all doing well. I write to share with my experience in the university undertaking a degree in gender and development studies. When I tell men what am studying  most men laugh and say it's women subject.  There is alot stigma for men who undertake this studies since it's considered a women subject and men in Africa cannot understand why you would study that. I am here to help support efforts to enable women to stand up to their rights as every human being should. Thank you

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chrispinus mkado
Feb 21
Feb 21

Looking forward to working with you

jomarieb.earth
Feb 21
Feb 21

Dear Chris,
Welcome to the World Pulse family. Women need allies for sure. But please make yourself at home and blend in comfortably. To the point that you are just one of us. Not the man amongst us. Please share your stories because we want to hear. You dare to be interested in people. You are being called out by your brothers because they are only interested in themselves. You have a broader scope on life. Enjoy being a part of a community that expresses openly and freely. I encourage you to read other writer's posts and offer your comments of encouragement. Especially since this is your area of expertise. (10 encouragements makes you a World Pulse Encourager. And we zoom party once a month...just sayin' bro!)
Sisterly hugs...JoMarie

Tamarack Verrall
Feb 21
Feb 21

Hello Chrispinus,
Welcome to World Pulse. It is such good news to learn that you have taken on the task of studying for a degree in gender and development studies. It is truly, as you say so clearly, a subject for everyone, not just women. You have come up against the pressure to not work on this to create change, and to have to strongly defend and explain your reasons. Not many men have found this courage, and it is through action by men like you, that change will come more quickly. Boys everywhere need to learn from men like you, and I wish you all the best with your studies, and your work.

Andrace
Feb 23
Feb 23

Hi Chrispinus,
I join my sisters Jomarieb and Mama Tam to warmly welcome you to World Pulse and heartily congratulate you on your first post. What a laudable course you're studying! I love your stance "...I am here to help support efforts to enable women to stand up to their rights as every human being should..." 'Great that you are raising your voice. Keep writing and shining.

May the world have more of you and of course, this is certainly the place to be...on World Pulse.

Best wishes,
E. J.

Nini Mappo
Feb 23
Feb 23

yaay, mama geele is on point! You look lovely in purple :) You look sparkly in spite of the reverse culture shock challenges, and it is so lovely to see you, sister E.J.
Sending special hugs your way!

Andrace
Feb 23
Feb 23

Thanks, thanks and thanks, sweet Sis. Big hugs. Great to read from you. Is it called 'gele' in Kenya too? :)

Meanwhile, hearty congratulations on your well-deserved spirit award. I sincerely wonder how you do it. ..Leaving beefy, personalised comments almost on every post here, I must say, is herculean. More grace and keep up the spirit, dear Sis!:)

Regards to the family.

Love always,
E. J.

Nini Mappo
Feb 23
Feb 23

You are welcome dear, I am very excited to see you back on your rounds!!!!And yes we call it gele because it is what our Nigerian sisters told us, you know, from the diet of Nigerian movies consumed in Kenya with immaculately dressed Nigerian princesses ha ha :)

Aww thank you so much! Le hubby gives me half a day or a day for my writing and or online engagement if whenever I need it, and he minds the little people, so that helps a lot! He was I think more excited than me about the win, as should be because he's kindly facilitated my World Pulse engagement!
That, and a lot of prayer when I leave comments asking the God who knows all hearts what to write....because I don't want to spend too much time thinking of what to say, he hee;)
So feel like saying as David in Psalm 18:35 "You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great". So I say, glory to God, and thank you for cheering me on, my special sister E.J :)

Nini Mappo
Feb 23
Feb 23

Habari Chrispinus,
Welcome to World Pulse. You are trailblazing a path for future collaboration of male peers to join the push for understanding women, their place in society, how it is misunderstood, and how men and gender studies have a place on the table if women are to be seen, acknowledged, and afforded further opportunities to participate in different aspects of nation building. I hope you can build a pathway/program to mentor the next generation of young men in understanding gender disparities, ways the African culture upholds them, and how these men can be part of the solution. Right now, men think that gender studies is women's business, but perhaps with the skills you gain and the awareness you create among them, the dialogue will change, and men will see that gender studies includes them; that it is indeed men's business too, with plenty of potential for growth and development.

So good on you for starting the conversation, and for keeping it going be it one man at a time. It is a great challenge to change the culture, but we can, if we begin. Enjoy the challenge, and keep sharing your stories with us!

chrispinus mkado
Feb 23
Feb 23

Thank you so much. Would love to share more with you all on what I do here in supporting the most marginalized girls from last mile rural communities in kenya. I don't know if there is a platform like that online

Beth Lacey
Feb 26
Feb 26

Welcome to World Pulse