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Introducing myself and my journal: Still Going Strong

About Me:
I was born 25 years ago at a remote male-dominated village in the Western part of Kenya. Those were the days when a woman was a woman you could dare not cross a wrong path. Submission, naivity and obedience were the key virtues that could earn you great respect in the society. I remember when at one point i challenged my mother to run away and leave my father, who occassionally beat her up in the full glare of our eyes. But owing to the number of slaps that i received right across my face, i decided to keep my peace, at least at that moment. Those were the days when fathers looked at daughters in terms of the number of 'cows' you are bound to bring! (In our village, dowry is transacted in the form of cattle. The number is high when the girl observes the highest level of submission).
Despite that, i managed to go to school and even broke more taboos by joining the University of Nairobi. I am now a graduate in Communications and Literature and would rather die than let someone treat me as a minor. I have a strong will to liberate my sisters who suffer in the hands of men through my voice. Hey, women, we can do it!

My Passions:
Travelling, making friends, writing, swimming

My Challenges:
Poor persuasion skills

My Vision for the Future:
Becoming an independent, dynamic, open-minded and strong-willed person

My Areas of Expertise:
Research, Communication, Public Relations, Writing


jadefrank's picture

Hey women, we can do it!

Hi Joannes,

I love your attitude and admire your strength and courage! By breaking taboos, you have set an example for other women in your village, in Kenya, in Africa and across the world that we will no longer sit and let men control our lives - that we will make our own future and make the world a better place for everyone in the meantime.

I am so happy that you have found PulseWire! I think that you would make an excellent candidate for World Pulse's new Voices of Our Future program. Join the group and start the exciting process.


JaniceW's picture


In our eyes, you are worth more than 100,000 cattle, NOT for your submission but for your great courage and for taking a stand and speaking out for yourself and your sisters in Kenya. You might be interested in connecting with Maria, another woman of courage who has found her voice on PulseWire.

You can find her at:

Joannes's picture


Thanks Janice, i have connected to maria and together, i believe we will speak for the society. Thanks for your encouragement.

We Can Do It!

Maria de Chirikof's picture

I agree

I think when we join together and see that even though our looks, customs and even things we do for fun are different that we all have the same goal and that by sharing our stories, our dreams and our hopes that we can help change the world. I think it did take great courage to break the taboos as you have done and am glad we are friends and can get to know each other better!

Off to read your other journal entries now,


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