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.
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.