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ALLUTA CONTINUA!!!NOTHING WILL BREAK ME DOWN

Coming from a family of 7siblings, circumstances forced my mother to become our soul bread winner. My father who was a salesman with one of the leading pharmaceutical companies resigned from his work, after rivalry between him and a co worker got nasty and he almost lost his life. My mother labored so hard day and night to feed, clothe and educate us all. My dad died in July 2009 due to liver cancer.

A month after his death his only surviving brother and kinsmen decided to sell all of our land in the village without caring that his late brother had a family! When my mother and elder brother went to inquire, she was told that she could as well go back to her father’s home as that was not her home and the only link they had with us was now gone, worse still they used black magic to inflict madness on my elder brother, and a severe skin infection on my second brother that saw us treating huge rotten wounds again using traditional medicine since the hospitals could not help. What more could be painful to a widow? These incidences are common within my community and women plus children suffer a lot, some end up becoming landless, prostitutes, street urchins, drug addicts and peddlers and even armed robbers.

I thank God I graduated last year in November 2010 with an undergraduate degree in mass communication, I managed to secure a sales and marketing job in January this year with a milling company in Kisumu had to do something to help my mother by relieving her of some bills in the house and paying for my younger siblings their fees. This dream was cut short when my immediate boss fired me 6months later because I could not give in to his sexual advances.

So I decided to volunteer (with no pay since its a new organization)as the Communication person for the LBTI Community based organization WOMEN WORKING WITH WOMEN (3W).And that is when I ventured into the world of advocating for women rights both in domestic and work fronts because I have gone through it all and can relate with others who have gone through the same. World Pulse gave me a platform. I will use the social media for positive change and I want to learn how to harness this tool to my advantage to bring change in my community. I want to help women who have lost their husbands and have been rejected by their kinsmen, since many have shared their stories with me.

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Stella Paul's picture

Bravo and Best wishes!

My Friend

You are a woman of courage and faith.This is why you survived the situation to which others succumb. I deeply admire this fact. And I am happy that like us, you also have come to a place where you can only get support and enocuragement for whatever you want to do.

Keep that courage on and you will become a guiding light someday soon.

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

polite switness's picture

Thanks

Everyday i wake up and whenever i look at how strong my mum is....i just gotta continue!!!there is no stopping for me.I have my mother's courage.And it sad that those that you call fathers and relatives can turn against you,forgetting that blood binds you.So sad but hey i dont take self pity on myself and whenever somebody shares a story of the sort with me i dont encourage them to cry,i encourage them to retell their stories with hope and bravery.Am compiling testimonies of women who have gone through the same.some even more painful.See you around.

VERA ATIENO
Voices of Women In Western Kenya

nasreenamina's picture

Hi my dear

You are a good example about what a woman is made of. The experience of your mom give you the courage to stand up for the rights of others and yours. Good idea to collect testimonies that will be useful to join effort towards actions could be life changing for everyone. Blessings

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion

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Adepeju's picture

I admire and respect women

I admire and respect women who stand for others, women who keep their dignity and women who understand positivity. You are one of such women dear.

Maggs's picture

Even in today's world, some

Even in today's world, some harmful traditional practices still remain, at the convenience of others. Take heart for there is no better refuge than right here where you will find you are not alone and be strengthened to fight harder for your rights.

maggs

polite switness's picture

thanks

Thank you for the encouragement.

VERA ATIENO
Voices of Women In Western Kenya

fem4femmes's picture

Light in the tunnel...

So thankful for you courage and determination! Your mother must be so proud of such a strong, successful daughter!

Much happiness to you today!

marissa

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

Fay's picture

cultural considerations

For people who live in first-world countries, it can be difficult to appreciate the kind of cultural environment you described. The fact that wives do not control or inherit their husbands' land, the use of black magic to inflict misery on people - it's good to see another perspective of the world.

You are, it seems, fairly new to the realm of women's advocacy. I am sure you will find many opportunities to help other women who have suffered as you have. As you grow more comfortable with speaking up and speaking out, I think you will find that you can develop an even stronger positive vision for how to concretely impact society. Good luck, and keep at it!

Fay

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