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All woman no doubt...

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In my view,an African woman is all that and more.Putting it more clearly,where i come from,there are many thi ngs to say about being a woman..for starters,education is still not really a right in some communities.Girls still get a myriad reasons to drop out of school-the housework after school is too much,pressure to get married off and the one that breaks my heart..stigma associated with menstrual flow.Believe me many girls do not attend school while on their menses,reason being they are dirty and they are girls.When you can ovulate you can procreate hence you have no business getting schooled.You are marriageable!get out of class.My point is how does anyone expect to empower women in my country when only the privileged get to school?Who will realistically hear these girls out?light them a torch and give them a shot at real life?guess only I can do it...for i know them by name..i hope i will not be too late.So help me God.

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jadefrank's picture

It's never too late to empower

We will hear these girls out and we will hear you out dear Pascaline. You are a voice for the women of Kenya.

Pascaline's picture

yes we can!we will,we owe it

yes we can!we will,we owe it to them

I believe in every woman's heart and soul.

Pascaline's picture

Hunger;this place leads the pack

when i last cried for my country,i did not know it would haunt me this long.Images of the post-election violence,fire disaster and the oil tanker may have shaken my very core but yesterday i saw something i am not forgetting in a long time.Nairobi has crazy traffic in the evening;i was caught yesterday,along the way there is a supermarket which ceremoniously stocks government subsidized maize flour.The queue was long as usual,snaking several blocks and the store guards were having a hard time controlling the pushing and shoving..in the madness one guard called out to a lady in the queue,she seemed eight or so months pregnant to me and not over twenty one years old.The minute she was singled out,i realized almost all the rest in the lines were men-women do not do well with the shoving and they have husbands,i assumed she was single then.The guards agreed to let her jump the long queue.What followed just finished me.The other shoppers(read men)loudly disapproved,one guard retorted,"what kind of men are you?she is just like your wives and daughters!''.This sparked the biggest push ever by the men to bar the woman from getting into the store,one man physically pushed her,i screamt from the matatu,other women in the car started complaining.In a flash the pregnant woman had been felled and the guards had surrendered trying to help her,i am a mother,i can vaguely imagine how she felt.Our driver blared his horn and called out to her,she dragged herself crying,he gave her two hundred bob to buy normal expensive maize flour,we dug into our purses and gave her money, the men were still pushing to get into the store.When traffic started moving,the men in the matatu went on and on on inflation and rising costs of food-we,women just cried.I can tell you that every woman in the vehicle shed a tear for her sister...sometimes it is just not hunger or survival for the fittest,it is womanhood.A Kenyan African woman.

I believe in every woman's heart and soul.

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