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la violence à l'école

nous les jeunes filles cogolaise nous souffrons beaucoup avec le systheme du''PST'' les points sexuellement trasmissible .le professeur te demande de coucher avec lui ,si tu refuse tu reprend l'annee ou tu echoues a son cour ,soit il te fait eshoué a l'interro ou a la fin dela periode ,les une accepte l'offre du professeur ,soit tu es faible ou tu a peur d'echouer ,il ya aussi l'age qui avance,parceque aussi les parents sont pauvre tu es obligée de coucher avec lui.les eleves qui souffre beaucoup sont les eleves de la 5eme annee des humanites c'est pour quoi on l'appelle meme ''OFIDA''Office de doine et axise c'est pas tout le monde qui passe a la doine .ce qui est tres touchant c'est ce qu'il n'y personne qui peut parle de toi ou qui peut te deffendre,meme le les dirigent sont comme ça ;persone ne peut parlé pour les élèves .nous sommes sans defence

English translation by PulseWire member MsCadet

Us young Congolese women, we suffer a lot with the contraction of STMs (sexually transmitted marks). The professor asks you to sleep with him, and if you refuse, you must retake the school year. Either he fails you at the beginning or at the end of the period. The ones who do accept his offer are either seen as weak or being scared of failing. There is also the case of students getting older and because their parents are poor,they have no choice but to sleep with the professor. The students who suffer the most are the ones in their 5th year of humanities. This is why we call it OFIDA (Office of Customs and Excise). It is not everyone who can pass through Customs. What is most touching is that there is no one who can speak for you or defend you. Even the ones in charge behave this way as well. No one can speak for the students, we are without protection.

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MsCadet's picture

La situation que vous avez

La situation que vous avez decrite est vraiment triste. Ce qui a vraiment attire mon attention est la derniere phrase ou vous avez dit qu'il n'y a personne qui peut parler pour les eleves.

MsCadet's picture

Translation

Us young Congolese women, we suffer a lot with the contraction of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). The professor asks you to sleep with him, and if you refuse, you must retake the school year. Either he fails you at the beginning or at the end of the period. The ones who do accept his offer are either seen as weak or being scared of failing. There is also the case of students getting older and because their parents are poor,they have no choice but to sleep with the professor. The students who suffer the most are the ones in their 5th year of humanities. This is why we call it OFIDA (Office of Customs and Excise). It is not everyone who can pass through Customs. What is most touching is that there is no one who can speak for you or defend you. Even the ones in charge behave this way as well. No one can speak for the students, we are without protection.

MESSA's picture

An emphasis on the translation

Thanks for translating this speech, the effort is really impressive. i just thought i should bring a contribution to emphasize on a point PST (Points sexuelement Transmissible)

It is translated in English STM. ( Sexually transmitted Marks)
This is a situaton where students are forced to sleep with their lecturers in order to pass their courses

Ghnadi un jour a dit, tout finira bien par s'arranger, et si tout ne s'arrange pas, ce que ce n'est pas encore la fin. Femme, garde espoir!!!!

Ghandi once said it will all get well at the end, and if it doesn't get well, then it is not yet the end.
Wo

jadefrank's picture

Sexually Transmitted Marks

Dear Messa,

Thank you for submitting this correction, we've updated the translation to properly reflect STM as 'sexually transmitted marks.' An issue that is not widely acknowledged and Joelle has so courageously highlighted.

In gratitude,
Jade

jadefrank's picture

PST

Dear Joelle,

Nous vous remercions pour avoir parlé à ce sujet et dire au monde d'un sujet qui se tait. Continuez à écrire et partager votre point de vue unique et une vision courageuse!

Dans l'amitié et de la solidarité,
Jade

Nicole.Staudinger's picture

In Sympathy

Dear Cikwanine (and Jade, if you are translating this),

My heart goes out to you, what a hopeless feeling situation to be in. Thank you so much for telling us your story. Hopefully the more attention brought to your plight, the better the chance is for actions to be taken against these professors. It must be extremely frustrating to be pursuing your schooling, trying to empower yourself and educate yourself, and then have to deal with this problem. Know that we are all thinking of you and believing in you.

Sincerely,
Nicole

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

It has to stop

Dear Chihy,
This is very absurd. Unfortunately even in our universities in Uganda such incidents have been reported and now the members of parliament are carrying our a serious audit of the university because these cases have been reported to them. I would therefore encourage you to get your student body to petition your parliament pointing out what happens at the university. It is your right to get education and no one is supposed to be subjected to sexual harassment. Such behviour must be reported. It is okay if nothing is done immediately as long as you are vocal and get the media involved then the perpetrators will fear to continue with such behaviour. Please keep me updated on what is going on i would like to know what happens. Continue in the struggle my sister. God bless

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Dear Cikwanine,
At first I would thank you and congratulate you for collecting all your inner strength to face the situation and most importantly to raise the voice against it and putting the story in this platform. Sexual harassment in work place is an extremely serious offense but when it occurs in educational institute, in school, college and university by the teachers and professors, its hurts the dignity, the sanctity and sacredness of 'education'. In Indian culture teacher 'we use a term GURU' has a position similar to God, means a very high position. Most importantly its an insult to human dignity. I can't perceive, how a teacher can manipulate student in such a mean and degrading way.
Dear, we women from all over the world are with you, we all have faced in some way or other at various phases of life.
My heart goes out to you. Please do not think that you are alone. We all are with you. And we all should stand up to make our place in this society in a dignified way.
I have come across several stories of sexual harassment, although what is happening with you in Congo is one of the extreme case. But its soothing to note that worldwide, this issue has been taken up and in most universities, there is women cell where the victim can notify her grievance and there are laws to punish the offender. If we go through history, in every aspect of injustice against a race, a community, the first and foremost thing is to stand 'united' since 'UNITY is STRENGTH'. In this context, two different scenarios come to my mind.
One is:
the non violence way: I am very inspired by the father of our nation 'Mahatma Gandhi', who fought for freedom of India in a non-violence way by non-cooeparation movement. I think we have to unite all women in the university, colleges and schools and form a strong group. And file complaint to the highest authority and work towards creating a rule for serious punishment for the offenders. But i understand this is a slow process and most importantly the highest authority might be equally corrupt. I know there are multiple problems associated. Its hard for a women when her story becomes public to face people. But we have to stand and go through the hard process, if it can bring about a change in rules and situation for our future generation.
The second one is:
This needs another type of courage. But when I heard this woman Ms Sampat Pal, who is a leader of Gulabi Gang in India for action against domestic violence. Kudos to her, how she has formed this organization and how she is dealing with those men with their 'bamboo stick' to put an end to domestic violence. I am not sure how far this is correct but she has shown that unity does create magic.
So what I feel is if all the women students, workers, get united and raise voice against these people and catch them face to face, use the media to highlight their mean acts, I sincerely hope we will see the light of justice and our right to live life and continue our education, our work with dignity and with peace.
Hope we collectively make a difference.
Thank you very much.
With love and prayer
Nusrat

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ..........Hellen Keller

Mila's picture

We are with you

Dear Cikwanine,

Thank you so much for writing and sharing this story. I am so saddened to know about this problem. Please know you are not alone and we want to help. How do you think this problem could get better/be solved?

You and the rest of the Congolsese women are in my thoughts and prayers,
Mila

cikwanine chihyoka joelle's picture

MERCI ATOUS

Merci à tous pur vos encouragements et vos commentaires ;bien que nous sommes sans defense ,nous nous forcons de contunuer la lutte ,a la radio et ala telé on decuorage ce cas ici il n'ya pas de siuvi et il ya toujurs l'impunité et si vous portez pleinte ''la lois du plus fort est toujours la meilleur '' mais je sais qu'avec dieu nous fairons des expoit.merci du fond de couer

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