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NO To Gender Based Violence.


Well,i wonder when the world will change and when will men who are still in the outside world and do not know that women are equal to men stop terrorising women.

The street kids,especially the girls,they are molested,in our area street girls get pregnant and can't even take care of the pregnancy because they are not in a supportive and fair environment.Nobody even asks how they got pregnant,nobody cares,they cry everyday wondering where they'll go or what they'll do with the pregnancy.The abusive men know that they can have sex for free because the girls don't have a voice.They beg for food and money from hotel to shops to groceries,and they are sent away,they are insulted and called dirty,although some wicked men who think they are helping,asks for sex before they give them money.Nothing is done by the govenment to help.You tell me is that right?
There was this woman whose mind was not upright,she never had a place to live,she used to live in pavements and she was raped,because she didn't have security,only later to see she was pregnant,she later gave birth to a bouncing baby girl who was later kidnapped too,i don't know what killed her but i heard she died,nobody cared about the woman,i know she felt like she was alone in the whole world.

Due to the news i always see,like when i watched the news of a man who killed his wife,raped his daughter and killed her too,the man escaped and was left that way.Is that just?There is this teacher who lured a girl into sleeping with him which led to pregnancy,after the teacher realising that he impregnanted the girl,he dissappeared into thin air and that was left as that,the girl is now a school drop out.

Llike in our place,at times i sleep late or i'm woken up by cries of a woman being beaten up by her husband,you know why?because she didn't cook beef for her husband,yet the husband didn't leave any money for the beef.The woman is a housewife and doesn't have any support.She goes to the hospital in the morning due to the sores she got,and then the husband feels he rules,is that just?or this one about this girl who got molested by a stranger when she was five,her mother whom goes to the police station everytime and is sent away by the police,telling that she is idle and should find something to do,the victim of molestation is a girl who greatly fears men now,is that justice?

Well i think we should put up education centres for women,because.for example,most women in our country are not educated,they don't even know what rights are.they don't even know that they should not be beaten or discriminated by their husbands,because it is against the law and against their rights.

If we do not do anything to help,then these women and girls will keep living in the dark side of the world,well;i think we can bring them to the light,by telling them what their rights are,that would give them hope but only by standing as one.
Do women and girls have a voice? If so,then shouldn't we find resources that can help them let out their voices out?what is your say?what would you do?i think if you can do any thing to make a change.You should help

Leila Ludie Okeyo.


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Women and girls have a voice

Habari mpendwa Leila,
Thank you for sharing the stories of these women and what they have suffered. You have become such a powerful voice for their pain and I hope that through PulseWire you can find the support you need to help the women and girls in your community. Education is key to informing women of their rights but unfortunately, it is still a privilege and inaccessible to so many. I applaud your (and your mother's) efforts to build a school and know that you will both become strong leaders and role models for those in Migori.

Sending you both a big hug. Salamu za upendo!
Janice xx

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IVAWA update

Dearest Leila,

Thank you for participating in the IVAWA letter writing campaign and for sharing your voice and your personal testimony with President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and members of the US Senate on the urgency of ending violence against women.

We sent copies of your letter in packages, along with your fellow PulseWire members', to these key decision makers, and I am excited to announce that on December 15, the International Violence Against Women Act was approved by the Foreign Relations Committee! Our voices were effective in supporting this bill!

Next step for the bill: Get passed by the Senate and House by the end of the year. I will keep you updated!

In friendship and solidarity,
Jade Frank

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