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My word: Reach out to someone

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Two days ago, a vigil was held in memory of the victims of killings that have taken place in recent months. The event also doubled up as the launch of a crusade to rally Kenyans around efforts to curb cases of violence against women.

The event, which was led by The Embrace Women Group, made of female leaders from various organisations, was held at the University of Nairobi.

As a woman, I know what it feels like to feel insecure or unsafe in certain situations. It’s easy to assume that any woman would walk briskly away from a situation, especially a domestic one, in which she felt unsafe.

But so many dynamics come into play.

While some women choose to ignore their instincts and choose to hope that they will be safe, some reach out for help but their cries are drowned by life.

Some women shrink from taking action because they are afraid or embarrassed while some choose to conform to society’s expectations - many are convinced by relatives or friends to stay and persevere.

If you know anyone who might be living in an unsafe situation, reach out to them and let them know that they have an option.

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Sometimes it takes just that one gesture to save a life.

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