WOMEN, LET'S WALK AND WORK AS A TEAM

Millynairi
Posted January 11, 2019 from Kenya
WOMEN, LET'S WALK AND WORK AS A TEAM

Enough is enough to have a woman, a walking mirror, hurting!

I imagine a life without the threat of harassment; a life without assault and insecurity of women. This is a life full of confident women who can freely express themselves and air their views. It is a life of hope for the girl child, a peaceful life in families because a happy woman results to a happy family. It is a life where a woman is empowered to be innovative and therefore freely contributes to economic growth resulting to a thriving economy.  It is a life where a woman speaks up and fights for her rights. An exciting life!

Harassment, assault and insecurity steal a woman’s dignity. It lowers her self esteem and makes her feel useless and unrecognized. She can’t open up to fight for her rights because many times she is lost in thoughts and is hurting inwardly. This at times results to health problems.

We are the solution! We need to purpose to hold each other’s hands as women walk and work as a team, being each other’s keeper and be there for one another. It starts by giving the women a platform as has been the case in world pulse, to share freely and allow their voices to be heard and issues acted on. This can be achieved by appointing some women as change agents right from the grassroots, from the villages where impunity is still practiced and let the women there understand that they are valued.

Formation of bodies that are geared towards protection of women against assaults and harassment is necessary. These bodies should work at the villages and grass root levels to curb such practices. There are remote villages all over the world, Kenya included, where women are not aware of their rights. The bodies can help in empowering the women economically so that they are in a position of supporting themselves and also educate them  about their rights. When a woman is given education she has the key to unlock her future.

My mind takes me to examples of women in my country, Kenya who have stood with the young girls and have made a difference in their lives to date. I can think of none other than Mrs. Priscilla Nangurai who has been rescuing the girl child from female genital mutilation and the perils of early marriage and she takes the girls to a rescue centre that she  constructed and she ensures the girls are taken back to school. This heart of gold is admirable and if all of us women could do our part in the smallest way possible; standing with women around us, this would be a totally different world.

Organizations like Femnet which ensures gender equality and COVAW which works towards empowering women and girls to claim their rights; enabling equitable access to services, resources and opportunities; facilitating greater access to justice for survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV); and supporting change agents opposed to and committed to eradication of all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls, among other organizations have done a tremendous work to ensure a woman’s voice is heard. We can do more and achieve much if we purpose to walk and work as a team.

 

This story was submitted in response to A World Free of Violence.

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Lisbeth
Jan 11
Jan 11

Dear Milly,
Its very amazing that you decided to speak out for your society. This is exactly the purpose of world pulse, to speak for the voiceless. I am glad you are adding your voice. I hope to read more of your writings. Welcomed back! :-)

Millynairi
Jan 14
Jan 14

Thanks Sis. Salifu.

Jill Langhus
Jan 12
Jan 12

Hi Milly,

Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring post, vision of a world free of violence, as well as your suggestions on how to do it. I agree with what you're saying. Are you creating an organization to empower women, or do you have one already? I'm curious to know.

I hope you're having a great day, and good luck with your story submission.

Millynairi
Jan 14
Jan 14

Hi jlanghus. Thanks for your kind commends. My passion is to see women empowered. I do not have an organization yet but I'm working towards creating one.

Jill Langhus
Jan 14
Jan 14

You're welcome:-) That's awesome. Looking forward to hearing more about and seeing your vision and organization coming to life... good luck!

Millynairi
Jan 14
Jan 14

Thanks

Jill Langhus
Jan 14
Jan 14

You're welcome:) Hope you have a great day, dear!

Bettina Amendi
Jan 13
Jan 13

Hi Milly,thats so amazing,Mostly the size of the team does not matter but the spirit in the team is what makes a difference.Keep me posted on what you are up to in 2019.
Happy New Year

Millynairi
Jan 14
Jan 14

Thanks Bettina. Very true. It's the spirit in the team that matters.

Beth Lacey
Jan 13
Jan 13

Thank you for sharing

Millynairi
Jan 14
Jan 14

Most welcome. Thanks too.

Urmila Chanam
Jan 14
Jan 14

Dear Milliy Nairi,

I am deeply moved by your account of how violence against women reduces women to nothingness because they dwell in thoughts within themselves which I am sure are confused, erratic and broken in spirit coupled with humiliation and helplessness. And in that, their development as a person comes to a rude halt in every sense. Even when she may be surrounded by many people, she will be alone to deal with her pain. It is during that time, an understanding person, encouragement and help can make a woman find her path all over again. I love your suggestions of grassroots level networks. I also think faith based agencies, local government and media play a big role in making women aware what is wrong for them, the course of action she can take in terms of options she has legally and reducing stigma. Thanks for writing. Keep walking, my sister.

Love from India,
Urmila Chanam
urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Millynairi
Jan 15
Jan 15

Thanks for your comments Urmila