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"VOF Week 4: (For the Kibera people)."

I want to be Communications Manager in a firm to influence to women in our society. I want to use my experience to advance the voices of underprivileged women and see at least a woman every month come to the realisation that she is beautiful, important and worthy of being treated in the same way. I want to see a woman say no to sexual abuse, domestic violence and say no to marital rape. If not so, speak out and seek justice. I wan tto see women heal from their deplorable lifestyles and the woman of Africa set free to live up to her fullest potential. I want to see women increase in leadership in Kenya, like our counterparts in Uganda and Rwanda, since we are the majority voters. I wan to see women value themselves and leave marriages that are potentially harmful to their physical and mental wealth. The Mathari Mental hospital in Nairobi- Kenya has many women who are termed mad. Studies show that such women are not mad, but were taken in this mental institution because they were depressed from Domestic Violence acts. No! This has to stop. I want to see the cries of our mothers cease. I want to see them happy, loving in peace and dignity. They do not have to carry the weight of their families at the expense of their lives, which are divinely given. That is not why they were brought to this earth.
Kibera is East Africa’s largest slum, it is located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, and is home to nearly one million people, more than one quarter of Nairobi’s total population. Although Kibera is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, it does not appear on most Kenyan maps. At least half of Nairobi citizens already live in slums, which are characterized by a lack of basic services, substandard housing or illegal and inadequate structures, overcrowding, unhealthy and hazardous living conditions, insecurity of tenure or property rights, poverty and social exclusion.
Estimates of HIV/AIDS prevalence in Kibera range from 10-25%. Domestic violence, rape and physical assaults are a common part of life for women in Kibera. Women are often treated as property and given little or no opportunity to make decisions about their lives or bodies. We are working to ensure that the Sexual Offences Act- 2006 is fully implemented and understood by the constituents of Kibera we is continually working to ensure that the Act is properly implemented. The Act affords women some legal redress against the mind-boggling prevalence of sexual violence in Kenya. But the Act is not well known. It criminalized rape, defilement, sex tourism, and sexual harassment. Implementation remains limited to date, and sexual offences remained largely under-reported. We developed a popular version of the Act and in addition translated the same into Kiswahili, the most basic and common language for wider dissemination.
Over the last number of years, CREAW has been implementing community awareness/ empowerment programmes in Kibera with a focus to end gender-based violence. We have established networks with community members and have disseminated information and materials on women human rights. We hold legal aid clinics in Kibera providing free legal advice to women survivors of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) and set up an informal referral system using women leaders through which cases of SGBV are referred to us for psycho-social support and legal advice.

Early this year, we established an Outreach Centre in the slums and a pool of paralegals based at the community level. The paralegals are working to eliminate sexual and gender based violence acts that violate the rights of women and girls to bodily integrity and due process.

By joining world pulse, I will be able to highlight the stories of survivors of the area, among other areas where we have implemented our programs. My capacity as a change-agent will be enhanced to facilitate networking with stakeholders in forging better methods to educate and empower Kibera to be self-reliance and fight against SGBV. I will also continue to mentor women who will be change-agents to their peers. I long to see a better Kibera.

Comments

jadefrank's picture

A true leader

Hi Stella,

You are a true leader for the women of Kibera. You have a strong vision for the future of Kibera and other slums in Kenya. You have a radiant spirit that shines through in your writing.

I can sense your passion and I am certain that whether or not you become a World Pulse corespondent, you will continue to raise your voice against the injustices of the people, especially the women of Kibera, and you will facilitate true change. I am so inspired by your vision. Thank you for sharing!

Warm regards,
Jade

LOGWELL's picture

Hi Stella, I long to see a

Hi Stella,

I long to see a better Kibera too. I work frequently in Kibera and my organization recently did a documentary on one year after the post election violence and if the women who were raped during this time from Kibera have received any justice at all. Which they havent!

SGBV is close to my heart and as a communicator and journalist, I keep on saying that it does not receive the attention it warrants! Thanks for the great work your organization is doing in Kibera and lets not give up on helping the women be the change agents in Kibera.

Thanks for sharing your visions!

Cheers

Linda

Anette Leslie's picture

Strong Voice

Hi Stella,

Keep raising your strong voice. You are a very strong woman to work against such odds. Kibera will become a better place because of your hard work.

Anette

meg.peterson's picture

Hi Stella, Thank you for

Hi Stella,

Thank you for sharing your strong voice and vision! I can feel your determination and hard work through your writing. You are doing amazing things and empowering so many woman through your work. Women all around the world will benefit from your work and ideas. You would be a great correspondent for World Pulse. I am grateful to be able to read your story and about your work and vision for the future. Thank you for participating in VOF!

Cheers,
Megan

Brige's picture

VOF - Week 4

Thanks for your post, and thanks for sharing with us the lives of so many women in Kenya. You seem to have the potential to change things things over there. Keep on with your action! Brigitte

Hi Jade, Linda, Anette, Megan and Brigette,

Thanks for listening and for your encouragement. I feel supported as i share and continue in this cause.

Let us continue to influence the lives of those around us, regardless...

Regards,

Stella Ndugire- Mbugua
ICS- Africa

JaniceW's picture

Congratulations

Stella, I so admire all of your efforts on behalf of the people in Kibera whose lives would otherwise be unnoticed. It is with joy that I see you have advanced to the next phase of VOF as I know that you will continue to touch many lives through your activism and reporting. I look forward to reading more from you and wish you all the very best.

stella Ndugire- Mbugua's picture

Geez, thanks!1

HI Janice,

I am so excited to join this... i really have loved writing again. Sharing experiences to a vast audience is encouraging. I know that i am yet to learn a lot, improve and network with so many gifted people.

I pray that this is the beginning of a life-time of writing and networking with others and advancing the cause that is so dear to my heart.Of course you will hear a lot more from me. Just keep listening in.

Have a lovely week Janice.

Many blessings.

stella

Regards,

Stella Ndugire- Mbugua
ICS- Africa

Katie McDonald's picture

Congratulations

Congratualations on becoming a Voices of the Future Correspondent.

Best wishes.

Katie

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