Tag Archives: International Day of the Girl

Justice For Liz

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BusiaRapeOn the International Day of the Girl, we ask you to join us in demanding justice for Liz, a 16 year old girl who was beaten and gang-raped on her way home from her grandfather’s funeral and dumped in a pit latrine in Busia, Kenya. She is now wheelchair bound with a broken spine and has the worst case of fistula. She recognized her rapists and identified them to the police. Police arrested perpetrators only to have them slash grass as ‘punishment’ after which they were released.

Please sign and circulate widely the petition demanding an immediate arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators as well as disciplinary action on the police officers who failed to handle their duties to serve and protect. We must not allow impunity to reign and women and girl’s bodies to continue to be battlefields. No more violence. No more impunity. Justice Now!

Engage in the online conversations – #BusiaRape #JusticeForLiz. Let’s make lots of noise – too deafening for the powers that be to ignore.

Donations can be sent to MPesa Paybill 500944 to help meet Liz’s hospital bills.

For more information –

COVAW Statement – Call for Immediate Arrest and Prosecution of Busia Gang
Kenyans accuse police of ignoring gang rape

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Joana Ukali: Girl Child – Poem

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Dreams Your Dreams Little One
We Are Standing All Around You
Your Fears And Trials Will Also Be Ours
You Will Walk With The Courage Of Woman Worldwide

We Will Speak When You Cannot
We Will Gather When You Are Still
We Are Here To Serve You Girl Child
You Will Grow Into A Woman
Girl Child Dream Your Dreams
We Will Carry Them With Our Song And Dance And Voice
You Are A Girl Child And We Surround You With Love

Whether We Are Seen Or Heard Or By Your Side,
We Are Here
The Circle Surrounds You Girl Child
Stand Tall
When You Fall, We Will Wait
When You Falter We Will Prod
You Are Supported By Millions
Always Know This, Always Remember
You Are A Girl Child, In The Time That Is Now
This Is A Blessing
Take This Into Your Heart

Girl Child, Stand Tall
Be Not Afraid Of Being Pretty, Smart, Powerful or Plain
You Are An Earthly Goddess
So Hard It Has Been For So Many
Let Us Walk Together

We Shall Tell Our Stories
You Will Hear Our Plight And Learn
Now Girl Child Go Forward
You Are Released From The Terrors Of The Night

Yours Is A Life Of Brightness
The Darkness Has Turned To Dawn
The Dreams You Hold Within Your Heart
Allow Them To Come Forward
They Have Been Nourished With The Water Of Life

Girl Child
Let Go And Know,
Your Elegant Spirit Is So Bright And Strong
Let Go And Know
Let Go And Know

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