Let's fight for our mothers, sisters and daughters; Fight for the women is our own.

Johnson Okoth
Posted April 3, 2020 from Kenya
A world of peace

I was raised by a single poor parent (my mother). Her plights were the exact replica of those that are being faced by other women around the world.

My father died when I was only 3 years old and that was the genesis of bad days. We became very vulnerable and helpless in the society. Immediately after his death, our land was taken away by my uncles who even beaten up my mother when she tried to complain. My mother being unschooled and poor couldn't fight for her rights legally. She became completely helpless together with her young children.

Initially, our family fully relied on small scale agriculture as the main source of income and our daily bread. Once the land was taken away, it was quite obvious that my mom was to struggle and look for an alternative means of putting food on the table. Therefore, we became very poor...I mean very poor. Some of the useful properties were sold. 

Like I said, this was just a replica of what was happening and probably still happening in the society to women. When my mother was facing all these, why couldn't other stable women come for her rescue? We have women elite, there are at least some women in leadership, at least there are some women who are well off in terms social, political and economic status. But why are they silent? Does it means they can't be of help? In Africa, women are their own enemies! But I believe that the status quo will change, women will fight jointly and we shall have a better society.

Now what's the situation? We have to fight poverty. We have to empower women. Our mission as the community should be to promote economic and social self-reliance. There are many women forcing themselves in a totally failed marriages just because they can't stand alone. Women are our mothers, sisters, daughters and even friends.... fighting for women belongs to everyone. Personally, I will do it through the support of the pulse....

Women and youths are the majority in the world. It's high time we start the first. No woman, no youth shall face social injustice if we can decide to stand up for ourselves.

We've made a youth/women group. We are targeting single helpless women who are raising their children with no clear source of income. I hope we'll expand it and will be very impactful in our beloved country Kenya, Africa and the whole world in extension.

Johnson Okoth

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Jill Langhus
Apr 03, 2020
Apr 03, 2020

Hi Johnson,

Welcome to World Pulse! How are you and your family doing? Thanks for sharing your sad, but inspiring story. It's inspiring because your upbringing made you an outspoken advocate for women and their rights. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your group, mission and goals in subsequent posts. Do you have a social media page or website to follow/like?

I hope you and your family are safe and well.

Johnson Okoth
Apr 03, 2020
Apr 03, 2020

Hello Jill,
I'm completely humbled by your positive comment. Our success will depend on support from good-hearted people like you. Kindly communicate through my email [email protected] for more about our group, progress and challenges. Stay safe and be blessed

Jill Langhus
Apr 03, 2020
Apr 03, 2020

Hi there,

You're welcome. Is Johnson your first name, by the way? I want to ensure I'm addressing you properly. You may want to correspond through the World Pulse messaging system and have people contact you that way as World Pulse is a public forum and anyone can access the information listed on the posts, unless the posts are posted for "members only."

You, too!

Johnson Okoth
Apr 03, 2020
Apr 03, 2020

Hi Jill,
Johnson is my first name. Thank you for your response and words of encouragement. Thank you once more

Jill Langhus
Apr 04, 2020
Apr 04, 2020

Hello there,

Great! Thanks for the clarification. You're welcome!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Apr 03, 2020
Apr 03, 2020

Hello, Johnson,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a loving son you are to be advocating for girls and women’s rights. Your mother must be so proud of you.

Please continue to update us with your projects and activities.

Welcome again to our growing family!

Johnson Okoth
Apr 03, 2020
Apr 03, 2020

Hello Karen,
Thank you for your support and being positive about the story. Be blessed and stay safe

Chidimma
Apr 04, 2020
Apr 04, 2020

Hello Dear Johnson.
Welcome to World Pulse family. Thanks for sharing your sad story about your mother. With you by her side, I guess she will be strong. You are on track. I like your zeal and courage. Good your a male and understand what it means to fight for women, girls and youths.
Continue your Advocacy and raising awareness. With your the fight for women will be heard soon.
Be strong
Stay safe.
With love and peace.

maeann
Apr 04, 2020
Apr 04, 2020

Welcome to World Pulse Johnson :) Your story is your power. Thank you for having the courage to share your story. Looking forward to hearing your projects.

Johnson Okoth
Apr 06, 2020
Apr 06, 2020

Thank you so much, am humbled

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 04, 2020
Apr 04, 2020

Hi Johnson,
It is so good to meet you here and so good too to read that you speak so strongly about the need to fight poverty and empower women. I agree it is disappointing to see some women only interested in getting what they can for themselves. Such an important fact , women and youth are the majority! What good news that you have a youth/women group. Your focus on single, helpless women says so much about you. You have honoured your mother all your life, and now all women. A big welcome to World Pulse. May you and your work thrive. It is time for men to be inspired to join you.

Johnson Okoth
Apr 06, 2020
Apr 06, 2020

Hi Tamarack
I hope you and your family are going well. I'm really humbled for being positive and supportive towards the little work have done.
Be blessed and stay safe

Thelma obani 2020
Apr 05, 2020
Apr 05, 2020

Welcome on board..stay safe.

coolasas
Apr 05, 2020
Apr 05, 2020

Very interesting story. I hope you and your mother had risen out of poverty that you're able to share this story to all of us.
We live in an unbalanced society where women instead of being supported are even put down. Not given it's worth and fighting this can be lonely and hard. But we have each other, men and women who understand how it is to struggle and win over it. That's why we share our stories to help inspire those that needs inspiration.
Keep it up, we have each other.

Stay safe
Coolasas

Johnson Okoth
Apr 06, 2020
Apr 06, 2020

Hello Coolasas
I hope you are doing good together with your family. Thanks for the positive comment. We are struggling, we aren't out of poverty yet. We are just hopeful.
Thank you, be blessed

Republicans of Mozambique
Apr 06, 2020
Apr 06, 2020

Dear Johnson,
Worry not about being raised by a single parent. Just be a good boy, continue going to school never stop education til you have your PHD because then, you will never be poor. Perhaps you think your mother was poor because she had no much money or no money at all, but she was rich enough to be there for you, and you were rich enough to be there and live the poverty in your lives. Actually both you and your mother are rich because you are the boy you are today thinking about a better and different life and looking for god and decent ways to become a better person for a better life for yourself and your family. Good luck and God bless.

Iam_motivated_jay
Apr 10, 2020
Apr 10, 2020

Thanks for sharing....