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.