Let girls be assertive, confident to end domestic violence

Sexual violence

Let ‘No’ be the byword with which to fight and end abuse against women in Kenya.

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What you need to know:

  • Many African girls were brought up to be shy, to always lower their gaze and learn to say ‘Yes’ at most commands.
  • These are not the qualities that can help a girl to survive modern marriages, which are prone to domestic and sexual abuse.

An African girl is expected to naturally become a wife. Most of our conservative communities have never condoned the halfway point in relationships and allowed girls to have boyfriends. A phase in a relationship that would, perhaps, help to assess each other’s behaviour before marriage. Even then, it is a phase that poses so much risk to the girls who could easily be left home and dry by dishonourable men.

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