I was talking to someone about what I do. I told him I work for a women’s rights organization. He raised his hands and backed away. We began to discuss why. He told me he has nothing against “women’s rights” but that sometimes we go overboard. We should take it slow, and go with culture.
But culture is dynamic I told him. It’s not static. Culture is learned, and so it can be unlearned.
You may have heard of Liz, a 16 year old who was gang-raped on her way back from her grandfather’s funeral in Busia, Kenya. She was dumped in a pit latrine. She is wheel-chair bound and has the worst case of fistula, a condition that doesn’t allow her to control her urine and feces. Though she recognized three of her rapists and reported to the police, the police caught them, ‘punished’ them by ordering them to…
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