Women are Resilient,We Will Triumph SomeDay

Immaculate Amoit
Posted January 23, 2020 from Kenya
Purity Performing a Skit on gender based violence during the Teso Girls Summit. Photo Credit WETEC Kenya

In times of darkness what gives me hope is the resilient spirit of women and girls, I have met and worked over the years with this resilient women from around the world and across Kenya. Women have faced economic violence, physical violence and psychological violence despite it all they resist, they persist, they thrive. 

2019 was a particularly dark year for Kenyan women and girls. Kenya witnessed the worst cases of femicide and sexual and gender based violence. See the link:  https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001354655/eight-women-killed-ev.... This women were kidnapped, some of them killled in their homes; one Ivy Wangeci was hacked to death in broad daylight after doing his doctors round at a public hospital; non of this women has received justice so far. Governments should ensure that the process of accessing justice for sexual and gender based survivors and victims is hastened by training police men, women lawyers and judges. 

This femicide incidences are not specific to Kenya only, South Africa had her dark days too, and the hashtag #AmInext trended for days after 19 year old Uyinene was raped and killed by her violator. Despite the pain,the agony and fear women still wake up to face the day albeit with heavy hearts. They go to work, farms, school and sometimes are forced to share spaces with the same perpetrators. Women have remained committed, resilient and brave to the course of fighting against sexual and gender based violence in their communities. They have held Marches. Fought for their Rights for bodily autonomy check out  #MyDressMyChoice and took up leadership and political spaces to get into parliament to change laws.

In Kenya the famous 'Sexual Offences Act' by Njoki Ndung'u was seen as a harsher penalty that may reduce incidences of violence meted against women and girls but sadly it has not. Women continue wearing their scars demonstrating whatever have endured. Women live on, fight on, bounce back and hope for a better future for themselves, their children and grand children. Irregardless of this darkness, I am hopeful that our resilience and ability to bounce back will triumph some day.

Women and Girls can only thrive in safe spaces which we are all working towards providing this spaces where women can not only be heard, be embraced, receive justice but be policy makers and implementers. Lets keep amplifying the voices of women and girls!

 

This story was submitted in response to Moments of Hope.

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Elizabeth Ziro
Jan 23
Jan 23

You have always be at the forefront advocating for girls and womens rights. Keep up the good work Immaculate

Immaculate Amoit
Jan 26
Jan 26

Thank you Elizabeth, knowing what you do gives me hope too, that once our girls are empowered they can fight back and find justice for themselves. Am good girl.

Hello, Immaculate,

Femicide? How tragic. I'm at loss for words in knowing that women face this horrible treatment. Yes, may there be women policy-makers so there will be more safe spaces for women! Thank you for raising your voice on this issue. Have a great weekend.

Anita Shrestha
Jan 24
Jan 24

Dear Sis
thank you for your advocating work.

ARREY- ECHI
Jan 24
Jan 24

Hello Immaculate,
Reading this tugs at my heart for the daily trials women face just for being born women. Thank you for the work you do and the courage to speak out. Like you, I believe these words you mentioned above "Irregardless of this darkness, I am hopeful that our resilience and ability to bounce back will triumph some day.", are indeed reasons for us women to stay hopeful.
Keep it going.

Immaculate Amoit
Jan 26
Jan 26

Yes Arrey, we will not despair , we fight on, morning will come .
Keep it going too

Jill Langhus
Jan 24
Jan 24

Hello Immah,

How are you doing, dear? This is disheartening news:-( Are there any rays of hope of change? What do you think could turn this trend around quickly for women? I do hope it changes soon. So sad.

Hope you're doing well and that you have a good weekend.

Immaculate Amoit
Jan 26
Jan 26

Hi Jill, thank you so much for taking your time to read the article. Its really sad, but there hope, the solution lies in men unlearning toxic masculinity and engaging men as our allies in fighting against violence and discrimination of women. Am well sis, Have a great weekend

Jill Langhus
Jan 27
Jan 27

Hi there dear:-)

You're very welcome. I'm glad to hear it! I agree, and that makes total sense.

Great to hear!

Hope you have a great week!

XX

Wusufor
Jan 24
Jan 24

Dear, keep up the good work you always do best. Infact my heart is saddened but like you said hope is not lost. Women always win :-).
Hope personally you are doing very well? Am not bad here either. My very best regards
Take care

Immaculate Amoit
Jan 26
Jan 26

Thanks Lisbeth fro reading and leaving your feedabck, we are in this together when they come for one of us its all of us. Take care

Beth Lacey
Jan 24
Jan 24

Safety is a basic, fundamental right of everyone

Immaculate Amoit
Jan 26
Jan 26

Its true Beth, safety is paramount for one to access all other rights .

regards

lizzymark
Jan 30
Jan 30

Hi Immaculate, its so sad what is happening to women and children,when such happens,words cannot explain this.I hope that policies are made and passed so that women can be free. We will keep hoping for change until it comes.