Let us declare war against Gender-Based Violence. All Of Us!

The United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women defines sexual and gender-based violence as ‘any harmful act that is perpetrated against one person’s will and that is based on socially ascribed (gender) differences between males and females.’ Statistics in Kenya show that 49% of people below the age of 50 years undergo this menace, most of whom are women. Gender-based violence can be physical, verbal, domestic, sexual, emotional et al. This vice, closely intertwined with the patriarchal nature of the Kenyan society, denies the victims the opportunity to be in their optimum best. I shall proceed to suggest what Kenya as a nation should implement to weed out this problem. First and mo...

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Adapted from-From the grazing land by Lotiir Henry

As I lay in my bed a week after admission to the university, I was staring at the ceiling blankly, deep in thought. I could not imagine myself in the middle of people, the majority of who were whites in a foreign land each one of us trying to drink in the calabash of this western and white man's magic; Education. Hazard University had a total of more than twenty thousand students spread across the programs offered by the university. It was now a week since I was admitted to this hub of learning, one of the best in the states. This Sunday, after my roommate had left for a walk, I decided to remain and rest in the room. I was worn out, this being the last day of our orientation; the school was a beehive of activi...

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