Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Isaiah 30: 18-19
i am originally from a country the world knows as Kenya. Kenya can be found in the Eastern part of Africa, tucked and surrounded by all kinds of beauties. sadly, today i am not hear to discuss the beauty that is Kenya, or how vast and magnificent it’s oceans are, but rather I am here to voice and share the cries of the women who live in this vast and magnificent country.
these beautiful Kenyan women, many who are simply hard working women, who like any woman in the world loves to look and dress good, so often pay a big big price for stepping out of their homes in their clothing of choice. you see in Kenya like many developing countries, there are these groups of unjust men who make it their life’s mission to dictate a woman choice and rights. meaning, what a woman must or must not do, this includes what a woman must or must not wear in public. as such, these groups of hungry, disrespectful, abusive and unjust men can find it in them to be dissatisfied with a woman’s choice of clothing, and in broad daylight, and might i add in the middle of a busy public street or not, decide to strip a woman completely naked.
most recently in a youtube video i watched, these men can be heard yelling “remove, remove.” to a woman as other men in their group man handle, and strip this woman completely naked.
now you might ask where the judicial system is when women are faced with such inhuman, degrading crimes. or where the just on lookers who i would want to refer to as potential helpers are, when a woman is stripped naked in a busy public street. the honest truth is that, the justice system in Kenya is miles away from help, and many a times will not respond to such acts of crime that are mostly committed against the poor and marginalized. when it comes to the just helpers on the streets, well it is safe to say that many of them are themselves afraid of being attacked, and many a times either walk away screaming for help, witness these crimes in utter hopelessness and disbelief or sadly walk away.
over the past few days these crimes have received some local and international attention amongst women, and even men who see the need for immediate change in Kenya. most recently i was proud to see facebook, twitter and news posts of women and men in Kenya standing up against these crimes, the most memorable one being the peaceful protest they called #mydressmychoice. kudos to all who put this protest together. however, in my opinion and based on the continued escalation of these violence, the end is not here and there is an immediate need for a unified approach amongst all women and nations of the world, to stand firm and demand an immediate investigation of these crimes, an end to such crimes and a zero tolerance policy in Kenya against such crimes.
in recent interviews and even in the past, it has been well documented that some women justify such acts by what they refer to as indecent dressing on our part. hence joining the hundreds and thousands of men who unjustly commit these crimes in argument of the same. my response to these women would be the same response i would give a man who justifies these acts with the same argument - it doesn’t matter whether or not we approve of ones choice of clothes, what matters is that we are mindful of every persons human rights, and that in every situation every human being is presented with an opportunity to live in freedom, and is then able to exercise their full rights as a human being.
there is absolutely no room for justification of such crimes, absolutely no room.
in Nairobi and other cities in Kenya, the perpetrators of such inhuman crimes walk free, as the victims suffer in absolute trauma, left with a life time of scares and shame over these crimes committed against them. on the other hand, the other women who are thus far safe continue in a life of uncertainty, as their human rights are never fully theirs to live, but rather still in the hands of inhuman, babaric groups of men who continue to get away with such crimes.
additionally, the number of rape cases that occur due to such crimes are unaccounted for, unreported in many cases, and if reported are never truly investigated. the victims are then left in utter hopelessness as they struggle to move on with their lives, and heal all at the same time. many a times, dying slowly in complete darkness, shame and degradation.
may i challenge the President, leaders and judicial representatives of Kenya to dare enough to do something. to imagine that these victims could easily be their wife, their daughter, their sister, their friend. to dare enough to end this violence against women. some may say that the world has what many might call “more important justice matters to attend to,” but may i also dare the nations of the world to say that this matter is as important as all other justice matters, and as such should be given the immediate attention it deserves. may i also dare the lawyers/attorneys out in Kenya and around the world, to dare enough to take a case for free in the name of fighting for justice. many of these victims are poor, uneducated and therefore unable to afford private legal representation. may i dare you wonderful lawyers/attorneys of the world to take on these cases pro bono, and bring justice to these women.
by no means am i saying or implying that we can solve this issue overnight, what i am simply saying is that one voice, one step each day can go along way in eradicating such violence, and as a result eventually bring complete freedom to these women. this freedom is long overdue, and i am hopeful that with the right attention and effort, this too can become a thing of the past, as healing slowly makes its way to the victims of these crimes.
a special thank you to all who continue to fight for this worthy cause. may the Lord continue to strengthen and equip you for this cause. a very special blessing and prayer to the victims of these crimes, may the Lord alone bring revenge on your behalf, for He knows best how to handle and resolve all issues we face.
stay strong and know that you are deeply loved.
i love what Isaiah 1:17 says, “learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”
highly recommend that you not watch this around children.
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