It was exactly eight weeks ago when a young entered my office that she was directed to me by her friend that I could her solve her problem. What was her problem? She unknowingly got married to drug addict and a thief and he has been abusing her for the past 9 years. She looked so tired, fed up with life and so scared. I immediately swung into as I normally do went to the police station to report the case and the husband was invited immediately.
Having an offline World Pulse circle has always been my dream. We interact a lot online but hardly meet, yet we are in the same countries or regions.
On the 23rd of February, we did create a Kenyan Circle of World Pulse. Currently we have 6 members, Mahnaz Harrison, Saum Idd, Hellen Kyambi, Brownkey Abdullahi, Leah Okeyo and Immaculate Amoit.
The Circle is meant to cement and strengthen our online sisterhood while giving us the opportunity to work together, share experiences and create visibility for our work and World Pulse off line by having circle events.
Grassroot People and Gender Development Center is empowering girls with life skills to become leaders within their communities and to use their mobile phones as a blogging tool to speak out against gender based violence.
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I invite individuals and organizations to support me in healing women and girls mind, body and spirit.
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Help me train 100 organizations in two years!Donate to my fundraiser help create sacred spaces for women in leadership to heal from gender-based violence, trauma, oppression, poverty, and neglect and learn how to create sustainable organizations.Please click here to donate!
Thursday February 8th 2018 is one day I will ever live to remember. My day started on a very busy note; with keeping an appointment for my driver’s license renewal to visiting some corporate organisations to lobby for support towards our Girls project in preparation for the International Women’s Day. The scourging sun did not help matters, hence I got home completely fagged out.
This year we have decided to break the cycle of spousal abuse in the communities through educating youth groups and awareness creation. We have been to two communities already and the responds was massive. Through our weekly radio program, we get invitations from youth groups in the communities as well.
Empowerment Through Art (ETA) is an awareness campaign for women, children and for aspiring artists It gives art workshop and art therapy for distressed women victim-survivors of all forms of human rights violations, especially the migrant women workers all over the world.
Personally, Painting is my meditation, diary, and my main weapon in amplifying women’s voice. I use my imagination and creativity using social artistry to create impact and be a voice for the voiceless women in our society.
moving forward, is paying forward.
I am always in love with the fact that ART has no boundaries, it has no rules, the idea is limitless and the creativity of every artist is priceless. Because of this belief, I am deeply motivated to move forward.
ETA is currently an awareness and fundraising campaign, a program that provides art workshop to low income people and art therapy for victim survivors of all forms of human rights violation. I am now working and do collaborations with other organizations,speaking engagements, spreading testimony about the power of ART.
During our October outreach in rural communities to uphold women's and girl's sexual rights two things were prominent. Violation of these rights as a result of poor health care facilities and social norms guiding their day to day existence.
The issue of health care facilities is something that needs the coming together of other stakeholders to achieve. we are still working on that.
A year has passed since I was given the honour of being an impact leader, and such a lot of amazing things have come from my journey so far.I am so excited to share a bunch of new and exciting updates about Saahas.
I was one of guests of honor yesterday at Hamlin Fistula Rehab.
Seven women were graduating their rehabilitation and reintegration session at the rehab and going back to their villages.
They had several delicate surgeries with different...
I saw one of the most sickly young lady as the fastest, active, and shining smiley faced one yesterday.
I was glad to be there.
I introduced WP for the attendees and the rehab workers.
I've already started working with them individually and also as a group with Our BGG team.
On July 10th I posted a need onour resource page, asking for financial support to enable us organise a skill acquisition program for our adolescent mothers at Ijegun,Ikotun, Lagos. The date scheduled for the training was July 27th. After our first summit on 11th June, it became obvious that these young moms needed serious financial boost to sustain their families. Basically, some of them have had to put up with runaway husbands while others are stuck with husbands that are equally jobless or earning very low income, hence they are unable to fend for their wives and children.
I'm really excited to share a lot of amazing updates since the last time I wrote in with the release of the app. Saahas has been doing really great so far - it's had quite a couple of downloads and I've managed to add over 3000 new entries over the past month of verified service providers.
Why on earth would a woman give birth to a baby and then kill him? Why would she endure the pains of pregnancy and labour; only to give birth and dump her new-born in a trash can or garbage bin? Time and again we hear the stories of teen mothers strangulating their new-born or throwing them away; and most times, this comes after several attempted abortions have failed. One cannot help but wonder why such girls would not rather give the baby up for adoption or take him to an orphanage for fostering instead of wasting the life of an innocent child in such a despicable manner.
It’s FINALLY here: Saahas, the GBV Help Map as a mobile app, is here! I named it Saahas, which is a Hindi word that means “courage.” In the larger sense, a survivor of violence is taking a huge leap of faith to create an act of resistance by getting out of the abusive situation, and the word courage felt like the most perfect tribute to that resilience.
I feel like I’ve birthed a baby! What a journey and a half it’s been – here’s a little letter to you on what that journey felt and looked like.
At what age should children be exposed to sexuality education and enlightenment? Who should be their first teacher? And what should be the extent of the information we give to safeguard them from all forms of sexual abuse and mismanagement? These are questions begging for answers. But beyond answers, these are problems begging for solutions, especially in a society that is not only so porous and permissive as to treat issues of Rape with kid’s cloves but also a society that is so compromised as to protect culprits and conceal their devious acts.
As a result of our work with the youth, We are working in collaboration with NORSAAC in mentoring their girls clubs in high schools called The Young Female Parliament. The Platform strategically empowers the young females on 4 thematic areas; Leadership, Human Rights, Social activism and Women’s health. These are the focus of the project in grooming the next generation of women change makers who can stand up for their rights and lead the process of making change in their schools, communities, the nation and the world as a whole.
As part of our campaign to break the cycle of spousal abuse and promote healthy relationships, Bendoweh Foundation visited one of the high schools in the Northern Region of Ghana to education them on spousal abuse.
They were about one hundred students present. It was very involving because they asked so many questions and at the end, most of the girls signed up for the girls club out of which ambassadors will be gotten and trained.
Last week, I was at a hostel for orphaned young women in Chennai, teaching them ways to stay safe, to keep their bodies safe, and how to respond to violence in the event that they find themselves in the middle of it.
Domestic violence makes me sick! Each punch, pinch, kick, slap, hitting with a fist, thrashing with a cane, heavy blow, verbal attack, denial of my rights, and rejection feels like a sword piercing under my ribs.