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Domestic Violence: Can Rural Women Protect Themselves

The International Women's Day marked on 8th March 2010 passed unnoticed in many parts of Kenya. However, in the remote rural village of Lungalunga, south coast of Mombasa, Project Africa's development mentors from Sweden and our local staff host more than 40 rural women in celebrating their place as women.

The event that was was held at Project Africa mission house in Lungalunga, was dedicated to educating rural women skills on how they can protect themselves against domestic violence by ensuring that they escape from the risk of death of physical harm that such violence may pose.

It is estimated that at least 5 cases of domestic violence are reported every week to the Project africa office in Lungalunga. The economic gap between men and women has wideed over the years forcing more women to be dependent on their male partners for sustenance. This situation has affected many women as they choose to stay in relationships overlooking the risk of domestic violence because they seek a means of survival for themselves and their children

Speaking after the training, mama Nyambura from Perani who was also participant at the IWD event praised Project Africa for ensuring that women are equipped with skills that empower them nad improve their wellbeing.

Mama Christina also from Perani lamemnted bitterly that domestic violence within homes in Perani area had worsened and now husbands and partners had gone to an extend of having sex with their own daughters as a way to purnish their wives. Christina challenged more women to join politics and participate actively in the legislation of laws that will protect the rights of women.

The International Women's Day in Lungalunga was graced with many songs of peace, women empowerment and development that were sung by the women "We want to celebrate more the achievements and progreess that we make in households as caregivers and nurturers and even as active members of comunity development but we seek the law to protect us from domestic violence" the women said.

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jodelight's picture

struggle and celebration

mamaAfrica,

Thank you for this entry. Domestic Violence is such an important issue. When we talk about women's day, we must also recognize that part of the celebration is also pieced with struggle. Yes, we all desire for women worldwide to be equal, educated and happy.
But, the reality of course, is women are struggling with so many obstacles. I believe that women's day is not just honoring women, but actively working for a just, non-violent world, for women, for men, and for the children. The struggle is interwoven with the celebration. It seems that is the case in many things. Joy with sorrow. Life with death. Work with play. Struggle with liberation.
You're voice is so powerful. I feel the strength of it vibrating.
Thanks for sharing this with us.

Jody

LOGWELL's picture

Dear Mama Africa, Great work

Dear Mama Africa,

Great work on highlighting the issue of domestic violence. An issue that is widespread but mainly seen as by many families in Kenya as a "private" issue. Many women have lost their lives, limbs, children to domestic violence while the rest of us turned our backs claiming that it is none of our business. Your event in lungalunga was right on point especially in raising awareness amongst rural women - a group that normally suffers in silence. Lets all try and raise our voices and champion for equality for all women across the globe.

Keep up the good work.

Linda

Nusrat Ara's picture

You have raised an important

You have raised an important issur. Domestic Violence is affecting a large section of women everywhere in the world but the problem is more profound and acute in develpoing countries.

Nusrat

Sparkles's picture

Good morning Mama Africa, It

Good morning Mama Africa,

It is wonderful to note that International Women's Day 2010 did not just go by! We are glad to note that you fully engaged the women in discussions on domestic violence.

I am part of, and work to serve the community that comprises of lesbians, bisexual and transgender women in Nairobi and we commemorated the event at our community center in Nairobi. Several poems, dance and music were showcased as well as discussions on non-discrimination and insecurities experienced by the gay community in Kenya, for just being who they are.

Keep up the good work! We are indeed proud of YOU!

In Solidarity,
Kate Kamunde (K8),
Founder/Program Associate
Artists For Recognition and Acceptance (AFRA-Kenya)
P.O. Box 13005-00100,
Nairobi - Kenya.
Cell: +254 738 550 095

"Spreading love, justice, peace and acceptance through the power of ART"

Sparkles's picture

Good morning Mama Africa, It

Good morning Mama Africa,

It is wonderful to note that International Women's Day 2010 did not just go by! We are glad to note that you fully engaged the women in discussions on domestic violence.

I am part of, and work to serve the community that comprises of lesbians, bisexual and trans gender women in Nairobi and we commemorated the event at our community center in Nairobi. Several poems, dance and music were showcased as well as discussions on non-discrimination and insecurities experienced by the gay community in Kenya, for just being who they are.

Keep up the good work! We are indeed proud of YOU!

In Solidarity,
Kate Kamunde (K8),
Founder/Program Associate
Artists For Recognition and Acceptance (AFRA-Kenya)
P.O. Box 13005-00100,
Nairobi - Kenya.
Cell: +254 738 550 095

"Spreading love, justice, peace and acceptance through the power of ART"

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