About Me: As i grew up, there was always a feeling of some empty space, something sort of helplessness. This persisted into my adult and professional life as a teacher. During my teaching career, i realized that the emptiness just disappeared anytime i sort of enlightened the young girls about the place of the woman in the kenyan, society especially those in the rural areas and how they could get out (all of them came from remote areas where female circumcission was appreciated and women were disregarded). I often would wonder what happened whenever a girl would accept to be mutilated during the course of her studies or even after clearing her o-level studies despite the education against the vice. The helplessness somehow overwhelmed me just thinking of this. Then i developed a great urge to do something, Something that could turn the tables around. It is then that the urge to pursue gender studies begun. The future of the women depended on getting all the stakeholders involved, especially the men, for i came to realize that if women's situation was to change, men had to change too.

Later i came to understand why the young girls would undergo the 'female cut', inspite of the education and efforts by some organizatons to sensitize them. When girls went back to the society, they felt alienated since they lacked that which made them women (in the eyes of the community) and since many do not access further education, their next option was to get married, The preliquisite for this was to undergo 'the cut'. This is where the men's role in encourageing the practice came in, no man would marry a woman who had not been circumcised.

currently, i am going through the phaces of career change and hope to turn my dream into a reality.

My Passions: Getting men and women work and interact as partners and not competitors

My Challenges: The fact that gender as a field of work has not gained rooting in kenya

My Vision for the Future: A world where all women are appreciated

My Areas of Expertise: Education, gender and development

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Welcome June,

What a joy it is to welcome you to our community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

Your voice rings loud and clear and speaks to so many women in Kenya and other areas of Africa where FGM is still prevalent. Thank you for being a voice for this issue and the women who continue to feel forced into this practice for the culturally stubborn men and their need to put themselves before the well-being of their women's physical and mental health.

I'd like to introduce you to several women here on PulseWire who are also speaking out about FGM. I encourage you to exchange dialogue with these women by adding them to your network, commenting on their journals or sending a private message. My hope is that you can work together, draw support and ideas from these women to realize your dream. We are right there with you June and here to support you each step of the way.

Halima Sudanese journalist , blogger, and columnist http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1361

You can read Halima's article on FGM, "A Future Without Female Genital Mutilation." http://www.worldpulse.com/magazine/articles/a-future-without-female-geni...

Araceli Medical Anthropologist Read her journal on working to fight FGM, "My teaching is my activism... but it's not enough!" http://www.worldpulse.com/node/8883

Ooluss Nigerian Medical Sociologist Read her journal, "Female Circumscision : The Rite of Passage...." http://www.worldpulse.com/node/6387

Lucy Public Relations & Communications, Federation of Women Lawyers - Kenya Read her journal on Female Genital Mutilation http://www.worldpulse.com/node/8232

Claris Director, De Swan Women Development http://www.worldpulse.com/user/2144

I encourage you to use your journal as a place to introduce yourself, your work and your passions to the PulseWire community. Think of your journal as a blog, where you can speak your mind and reach an audience of over 3000 women and supporters of women's initiatives. Check out what others are writing about in Voices Rising. I think that you will find PulseWire to be an exciting place to garner support, make connections and share your story!

Warm regards, Jade

Online Community Manager World Pulse

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Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!



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