Initiative Update

Gender Based Violence: the Shadow Pandemic

Isata Kabia
Posted August 3, 2020 from Sierra Leone
Webinar on Gender based violence
A webinar hosted to discuss gender based violence and what we can do differently as women to form cross national coalitions for prevention and to create support systems for survivors.

I was able to be a guest speaker on a webinar hosted by GroundBreakers where we delved into the increasing issue of gender based violence, and how it increases during a crisis such as the one we are in now. Government interventions to curb the virus has women locked up all day or in close quarters for prolonged periods of time with potential abusers, and, without access to services and support systems.

I am usually very reluctant to do speaking engagements and it is one of the things I want to do more of: to use my voice for the issues I am passionately working on. So this was an opportunity to practice courage. I wrote about the experience. Read the full article in the link.

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Tamarack Verrall
Aug 03
Aug 03

Dear Isata,
How great to know that you are pushing yourself to do public speaking, and that you were invited so recently to speak on this critical subject. A feminist being interviewed by a feminist. This is what the world needs more of! I imagine it was powerful! This work mentoring girls to dream big and get involved in elected government is also such important work. I love the photo in the red link. May you soar on, sister!

Isata Kabia
Aug 04
Aug 04

Yes, it’s not easy to be out there but I have found my voice and I want to use it. The interview was great and the response from participants showed me that this is necessary work. So I’ll keep going. Thank you so much for the encouragement.

Shirin Dalaki
Aug 04
Aug 04

Isata,

I am glad I came cross your post, what you do is so significant and very important and your courage to do public speaking gets you motivated to do more. Thanks for sharing.

Shirin

Isata Kabia
Aug 05
Aug 05

Thank you Shirin. It is an act of courage, and I know these small actions also give courage to other women. Yes I’m ready to do more!

Busayo Obisakin
Aug 04
Aug 04

Yes Mentoring is key in leaderstanp. Thanks for sharing
Love
Busayo

Isata Kabia
Aug 05
Aug 05

I’m so passionate about it and a platform like this helps us reach more people to inspire similar action. Thank you Busayo.

Hello, Isata,

You are so brave to push yourself more so your voice against gender-based violence can be amplified. I’m proud of you, dear sister! May you have more speaking engagements as you become the voice of the voiceless.

Isata Kabia
Aug 05
Aug 05

Thanks Karen! Silence is no longer an option on these burning issues.

Nini Mappo
Aug 05
Aug 05

Hi Isata,
It is wonderful that you have taken that first step into public speaking. And once you begin, you know it wasn't as hard.
More power to you, for there's a whole generation of girls waiting for your voice to help them find their wings.
Good on you for stepping out of your comfort zone to help them catch a glimpse of what they can become.

Isata Kabia
Aug 05
Aug 05

Yes, public speaking is made easier because of the issues I’m speaking up on. It’s important for girls and women to have the examples and role models. We will keep pushing. Thank you NIni!