There is a saying – your mind will always believe everything you tell it.Feed it faith!
The faith here being the hope that we remember to uphold values of a more humane society that encourages safety, equality and justice.
After a long incredibly exciting Easter weekend I got back to the office to a minor PR crisis this morning, then much later discovered the unfortunate story of an assaulted woman facing a lot of online criticism and unfair victim blaming. My heart dropped. It was all women empathising with the situation and sharing fears of how stunningly tolerant our society has become of making excuses for threatening situations.Blaming and shaming female victims and worst of all not holding male perpetrators responsible for their crimes.
It made me sick to my stomach. The idea that my immediate community was able to make positive contributions to history and society at large in the tech industry with disruptive innovations like Mpesa supporting pillars of the economy, produced a strong legendary Nobel Prize winner like Waangari Maathai, a place renowned as home to the worlds top olympic athletes, a society that has been able to recover from ruthless terrorist attacks through unity and collective action aimed towards providing a safer environment; yet be unable to reach back to the remnants of our social-cultural roots left from what colonisation eroded that have strongly been upheld through time. Values such as peace, safety and preserving the innocence and dignity of a girl at its core.Respect, Honesty, courtesy and integrity that promoted harmonious living and trust.
I am unable to accept that we have evolved backwards, that the African patriarchy has effortlessly failed women with the inability to fulfil expectations in line with these very values by choosing to have no voice when it matters or passing on issues of rape culture; The life threatening issues faced by all those women you ‘protect’, judge, marry and sometimes bring up as your daughters. It is time for the traditionalists, the conservative African men, the tribal leaders, the mostly male religious leaders of our time to stop hiding behind the politics and take a firm stand in defence of women like Kemunto in Nairobi. Help her get her justice . Not just because she is a child of our society, a daughter to someone, a sister or someones sibling ;But because she is Someone! someone in her own right worthy of respect, dignity, value and all the support you would expect in the same exact situation.
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