Break the Bias

by | Jun 4, 2022 | Eq - Written | 0 comments

Chapter 1

 

Gender inequality doesn’t make sense on any level and how it’s ultimately termed as women’s issues. Moreover, how feminism has become synonymous to man-hating still doesn’t sit right with me. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?

 

Feminism by definition is fundamentally a JUSTICE MOVEMENT. The belief of having the same political, social and economic rights to both sexes. It’s about respecting diverse women’s experiences, identities, knowledge and strengths. Striving to empower all women.

 

Take for example situations where girls drop out of sports teams so as not to be termed muscly. You’d have a man and a woman doing the same job but somehow the man would be paid more. 

 

It’s only right to be paid equally as male counterparts, and to be able to make decisions about our own body. It’s only right that women are involved on our behalf in the policies and decisions that affect our lives.

 

It’s only right, that socially we are afforded the same respect as men. My definition of feminism is that men and women are not equal but should be treated as equal human beings. Closing remarks being that both sexes experience the world differently and yes there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must do better!

Chapter 2

 

The murder of world champion athlete, Agnes Tirop in a suspected case of domestic violence has sent a shock wave around my homeland Kenya. Ms Tirop, 25, was found dead on 13th October 2021 in western town of Iten, a training center for top athletes after being stabbed to death by her husband. 

 

Since the COVID lockdown there has been a staggering increase in reports of violence in women and children. Question being what can be done to remove this poison in our country.

 

Gender inequality is rooted in patriarchy via power imbalances between women and men. To violence against women and girls, we must tackle the root causes of gender inequality and work for women’s complete and total liberation. 

 

“Bias is what will lead to a discriminatory action or an abusive situation or assault for example,” says Dr. Claire Kinuthia. “If you have a Bias it’s because of how we were brought up. It may be your teacher, your parents or belief systems around your community and these directly affect how you feel and behave towards women.”

 

For the first time we are addressing this directly. There are different forms of GBV. Physical violence, emotional and psychological violence, sexual violence, economic abuse and violence (related to income, employment and means of livelihood), harmful traditional practices/cultural forms of violence, gender-violence in politics.

 

Gender-based violence is a serious violation of human rights and a life-threatening health and protection issue. It is estimated that one in three women will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime. Start to challenge your belief systems as an individual. Let’s put an end to this epidemic.

Written by: Vivian Kagwiria

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