2013 VOF week 1

Rhobai
Posted April 8, 2013 from Kenya

In my country Kenya I have witnessed violence on women. Women are regarded as regarded as only to be seen and never be heard in the community. They are beaten and abused and denied proper education, jobs, and other. Women empowerment could get them out of these sufferings. Education is always the key to success when a woman is educated and has a paying job, the beating and mistreatment will not occur. The few who are working do not suffer from this.

The badly hit ones are the jobless, the housewives and the illiterate ones. We are there urging women to take advantage of the free education offered by the Government to gain some basic knowledge. Thus, reduction on violence in the near future.

Provision of good institutions in rural areas of Kenya will ease the problem as most of the women will gain knowledge especially in ICT to have them equipped with skills for possible ways of earning a living in future. Such Networking will get together women globally for sharing ideas and solutions to such problems.

Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0

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Ashrafun Nahar
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 08, 2013

Culturally, Bangladesh is by and large homogeneous, with few indigenous and ethnic groups living in some of the remote mountain regions. The majority of the population is Muslim and almost all citizens speak one language, Bangla. The estimated number of PWDs is around 24 million people (according to the report who), which constitutes 15 % of total population. 15% of Population have a disability. Half of these are female. This is 12 Million girls and women with a disability. WWD’s face “double disadvantage” based on gender and disability, many are among the “poorest of the poor” PWDs are most vulnerable and disadvantage segment of Society. They are frequently subjected to discrimination both directly and indirectly and also negative attitudes and stereotyping. Although there are class differences, all women with disabilities face varying degrees of discrimination. Most of them are isolated from mainstream society, stigmatized, mistreated and marginalized. PWDs are deprived of basic needs including access to health service, housing, education, employment, and transportation. Initiatives fail to consider the specific needs of Women with Disabilities and children with Disabilities. PWDs are disproportionately represented among the poorest segments of society and lack equal opportunities to improve their conditions.

People with disabilities in Bangladesh, in most cases, do not have access to their rights and entitlements. This occurs mainly due to three factors: • Laws & policies are not very supportive, whatever is there, is not being properly implemented • Social barriers and a lack of awareness • A lack of adequate coordination amongst different stakeholders

Ignorance and wrong beliefs surrounding disability, compounded with negative and derogatory attitude of community, including family members, have contributed to the marginality of development that has occurred in the Disability sector in Bangladesh. This section discusses some of the problems that exist in the country today.

Situation of Women with Disabilities 7.5 Million girls and women with disabilities (No survey specifically ).WWD’s face “double disadvantage” based on gender and disability; many are among the “poorest of the poor”. Although there are class differences, all women with disabilities face various degrees of discrimination considering types and situations. Bangladesh government responsible for including women in the development process, but no mainstreaming policy include women with disabilities

Girls and Women with Disabilities (WWDs) in Bangladesh are one of the most disadvantaged groups in society. They are discriminated against on the basis of being female, disabled, and all too often, poor. WWDs are regularly denied access to health care, education, vocational training, employment and income generation opportunities, as well as other social and community activities.WWDs are exposed to a greater risk of physical and sexual abuse, much of which takes place within the context of their own families. WWDs often stigmatized and neglected from early childhood, many girls with disabilities grow up lacking a sense of their own self worth. Furthermore, WWDs have often been marginalized both within Women’s organizations and Disabled People’s Organizations. This has resulted in their concerns not being addressed in broader advocacy agendas. For all of these reasons, girls and WWDs are disproportionately represented among the “poorest of the poor”.Women with disabilities development restricted as they have lack of confidence, professionalism, understanding on human rights, shortage of their leaders and skills are major barrier for them to build and manage their own organization.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

Dear Tahar, Thank you for this information on women with disabilities in Bangaladesh. I guess this is a common problem all over the world and an issue that should be taken up in terms of advocacy. I also work with an organisation that promotes and protects the rights of an Ethnic minority group in South western Uganda known as the batwa people. They are also referred to as "pygmies". The women and girls in this group are subjected to violence and discrimination on a daily basis, first from their own community and then from the surrounding community. Those who cannot bear children, or who have disabilities or who are infected with HIV/AIDS suffer even more. So my dear sister we have a lot of advocacy work to do regarding this gender discrimination. we need to fight for these women all over the word and ensure that they are protected. Thanks once again for sharing and stay blessed my sister.

Rhobai
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

I am indeed excited to learn that women voices can be heard online is is my first participation

This will promote women voices, empower and give some room for exchange ideas and the possible ways of facing challenges. Promotion on discussion on various issues affecting girl child gender based violence, women being treated and taken as people who can have a say.

This will allow women air their views, put together their ideas and network with their fellow women in different countries.By so doing, we shall have global women empowerment get together in some conferences, other events etc for success.

This will give new picture of what has been happening to women and especially in my country Kenya. This has been the case and what is being done as on now to safe the situation:-

Wife beating is being seen as a serious offense and if caught, disciplinary action is taken. Priority in education to higher level is now being given to women and especially in science field. University entry grades have been lowered for the girls to have many of those who excel in their national examination get to the universities.

Girls and Women with Disabilities in Kenya have been among the most disadvantaged groups, quality education was denied, high ranked jobs can never be given to those with some education,. They were discriminated as they are female, disabled, and all too often, poor. they are regularly denied access to health care, education, vocational training, employment and income generation opportunities, as well as other social and community activities. are exposed to risk of physical and sexual abuse, the HIV/AIDS pandemic is on the rise and due to poverty, women find themselves engaging in commercial sex to be able to earn a living thus contracting the deadly disease. The situation is being dealt with as we now have women representatives both in Parliament and on the high ranked jobs.

Those vulnerable (girls) have been opting for house help jobs after dropping from schools due to lack of support. The Government has introduced free basic education to have them in schools.

Women in the rural areas do not get access to ICT as most of well off NGO, companies and institutions are based in urban areas making it difficult to them to move from their rural home and leave their children to look for trainings. Parents have been asked to give equal opportunities to both girls and boys in the family as far as education is concerned. Before only boys were given chances to go to school and girls were being left behind to carry on with house chaos. On a strong say that what a man can do, a woman can do twice better. It is now in reality that all is being done for the girl child to have a bright future. This is the issue that is still a problem in some communities. We need to have it erased by creating institutions offering ICT in rural areas.

Gracious
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

One thing is for sure that the cry of a woman is heard from every corner of the world. It's only through education that women can be empowered. Let us unite and free our society from this slavery

oluwayomi osuntokun
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

Your story points to two issues , one for women to be empowered edcuation is a weapon and two for a woman's voice to heard from the remotest part of the world web 2.0 is also a weapon .

Somaye Dehban
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

Dear Rhobai thanks for sharing your story and pointing out the issues and the solutions I believe we need to educate women and men next to each other: we should educate men about human rights and women's rights. I guess in every society there will be people who are jobless or even choose to be jobless and work around the house, if their choice makes them be the target of violence, I would say the problem is not joblessness but the environment. It has been a common practice to sit men and women in the same classroom and educate them at the same time.

all the best Somaye

Rhobai
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

Yes, if we join hands together, we should come up with a lasting solution. Some women do not choose to stay in the home but conditions force them such as lack of skills, due to early drop out of school due to may be early pregnancy etc. We can move on with empowerment to have such cases erased.

Therese kasindi
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

That right, women and girls need education and training that can help them to be empowered. We must work hands together in order to find solutions to our problems.

Ezechie Lwesso
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

t is a good woman approche.La contributes greatly to the domestic economy of countries deserves developpement.She need training, and empowerment Refurnishing which renront more efficient.

C'est une bonne approche.La femme contribue grandement dans l'economie domestique des pays en voie de developpement.Elle merite une formation ,un equippement et une autonomisation qui lui renront plus performante.

Rhobai
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

Thank you Lwesso

radiocami
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

Your insights are very valuable, thank you for sharing them with us and please let us know what we can do to help.

Rhobai
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 10, 2013

We need to be organizing seminars, workshops for women to enlighten them on ways forward and get to know their views here in Kenya mostly for Kenyan women to be able to attend

radiocami
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 10, 2013

Would it be possible for you all to have these workshops through the web? Do you have a center with good internet service and computers for the women to access? I'm just trying to brainstorm (think of) ideas of how to achieve this goal even though many who would like to help are not in Kenya right now.

Rhobai
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 10, 2013

Yes, I have a small centre with internet service but the computers are of old model. They are the ones I am using. We are in a rural community in Kenya where most information does not reach and we are trying to bring these women to light as most of them are indeed poor and just housewives who are abused from time to time. I as the director of the centre I do miss to attend to several conference to share and learn more due to lack of funds to carter for air ticket and accommodation. I have today been invited to attend a conference in May with the Telecentre org. but I may not also be able to attend due to the same. Is it possible for you to get me your email address so that I can forward the invitation to you to find out how you could assist? Please do

If we get support, the women will be more educated and come out from the darkness they are in now especially in the western part of Kenya

betty lucas
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

thanks sisters that you have shared your story with us..i also have witness one of the man beating up his girlfriend due to alcohol ,,oh i was feeling very bad that i have to see woman been beaten up as if he is beating a donkey at the village.we ladies we need to talked to our man about alcohol and their abusive manner.aspecially if a woman don't work the man take advantage to do whatever they feel like.everyday i have to pray that GOD to change his people's heart,why do we have soo negative to eachothers? lets fight for peace but not bringing wars in this world... we must respect eacother not do bad things to harm other... last year in our country a 38 man killed his own mother because he wanted to take her pension's money to go buy traditional drinks which is (tobo) something that made at the cuca shops at the village.oh imagen someone have to really kill an old woman for her own pension money that she used to help to feed the whole house with and in some houses at the village there is morethen 15 people just in one house and all of them they eat food that the old woman will provide just from N$ 550.00 every month. please let us create projects to help people to have some cash in their pockets and to avoid our old woman to be killed.let them die by natural death...

Phionah Musumba
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 10, 2013

Am from Western Kenya and can relate to everything you have put together in this powerful piece, and even more. I personally believe in education being the most effective weapon to wield against all kinds of atrocities meted our way because of our gender. Am so looking forward to working with you, Rhobai. Keep up the good work.

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