VOF WEEK 3 (Lucy M)

lucy m
Posted April 3, 2009 from Kenya

Alot has been said about blogs. How they are easy to use. Allow one to reach wide and varied audiences. Allow for continuous discussion on issues that need people to talk about to find solutions. Allow discussions on controversial subjects. The list is endless.

What fascinates me the most is the video blogs. One does not need to be an experienced videographer to create them yet one can pass alot of information with even a five minute video. Video blogs allow for people to see for themselves the issue as it happened.

My imagination has drawn me to January 2008. At this time, Kenya was undergoing post election violence following disputed elections. There was a temporary breakdown of law and order that resulted in destruction of property, loss of lives and violence. An unaccounted number of women and girls at this time were subjected to sexual violence by hooligans and policemen who were supposed to keep the peace.

After calm had been restored it was reported by some human rights activists that the police had also taken part in sexual violence. The police denied these allegations because they knew that it would be difficult for women to come up and say that they were sexually assaulted by state security agents. As a human rights activist, I believe if I got several women with covered faces stating that they were indeed sexually molested by the police and transformed this videos into blogs it could provide a good opportunity for people to be aware that indeed the police took part in the sexual violence. It could be cheaper than airing on through a paid television space. It could also be safer as I could remain anonymous in the blog.

However, the problem comes in. Would my intended greater target audience be able to access my video blog. I am saying this because the internet is mainly concentrated in the urban centres. Also in areas where the internet is accessible most of it is slow and it could be difficult for users to access the video blog.

Well, because this is my only way of showing the world the injustice that happened to these women, I would think positively and concentrate on the urban population, policy makers and international audience. I would ensure that the discussion gets heated up everyday so that local and international pressure bears on the government to address the issue.

Comments 4

  • Genice Jacobs
    Apr 14, 2009
    Apr 14, 2009

    Hi Lucy,

    I am Genice from Oakland, California, USA and I've been assigned to be your reader for week 3. I loved your work and thought you used a very powerful example of the 2008 Kenyan elections to discuss the potential of blogs to bring sensitive issues to world attention. I agree that video blogs have the power to spread news and I believe we will see them used more and more in the years to come as a source of news.

    The issue of bandwidth in non urban areas probably won't go away any time soon, but technology is progressing faster and faster so hopefully outlining areas will have increasing internet access. In the meantime, we can only hope that by spreading information about injustices, international pressure will come to bare. Your efforts will not go unnoticed. I encourage you to keep up the good work and important task of bringing less known injustices to public attention.

    I just wanted to add that aside from blogs, you can publish videos in anonymous public forms, such as Youtube and eventually in sites such as Pulsewire.

    Great job, Genice

  • lucy m
    Apr 14, 2009
    Apr 14, 2009

    Thank you for your encouraging comments.

    I look forward to Pulsewire putting in place video blogs. Text blogs are important for the purpose of debate on a controversial issue but video blogs are also important in bringing the situation the way it is for the world to see.



  • amelia
    Apr 15, 2009
    Apr 15, 2009


    I really enjoyed being your listener for this week's assignment. It is so great to see a women empowered to bring attention to the injustices that occurred during the post-election violence that wreaked havoc in Kenya. The wounds are clearly still very fresh, and it is great to see people like you looking for real and feasible ways to initiate some accountability and begin the process of healing. I too hope that someday the problems you addressed with blogging - the limited access to rural areas - can be solved so that the benefits of blogging can reach a broader audience!

    All my best, Amelia

  • lucy m
    Apr 16, 2009
    Apr 16, 2009

    Thank you Amelia,

    I am optimistic that the future will be bright for women and also for the rural communities so that access to information about their basic human rights is not a privilege but something that they have access to on a contious basic.

    Thank you.

    Best Regards,


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