Fight Violence Against Women in Kenya

“For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.  He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight” (Psalm 72:12-14 NIV).
 
Our mission at Jesus’ Economy—to create jobs, plant churches, and meet basic needs—is a direct response to the mandate we see throughout Scripture, to stand against injustice. We believe we are most closely aligned with the heart of God as we become his hands and feet, meeting physical and spiritual needs in communities where injustice and corruption have long held sway. And we believe that the transformation of these communities begins with empowering people.
 
Kenya is one of the most stable and progressive countries in Africa, and the Kenyan economy is a model of development for the rest of the continent. Jesus’ Economy works with several artisans and a non-profit that is focused on funding education in the more rural areas—where the effects of this prosperity are yet to be experienced.
 

Domestic Violence in Kenya

One of the most important issues that Kenya is facing today is that violence against women is being ignored and dismissed. A recent public health survey indicated that 50% of all Kenyan women had experienced violence, often perpetrated by close family members. Sexual violence commonly extends to forced marriage, female genital mutilation, forced abortions and sterilizations, and human trafficking. The normalization of these horrific acts is evidenced in stories such as the recent Guardian article that told the story of a 16-year-old girl in Western Kenya who was gang-raped while returning from her grandmother’s funeral. Her rapists were sentenced to a morning of cutting the grass in the police compound and then released. The girl suffered fistulas and spinal cord damage from the vicious attack. According to the Guardian article, an aid worker “investigated the gang rape and says it was not a chance occurrence: ‘Liz had rejected advances from one of the boys, so he brought his friends to discipline her’” 
 

Women Act Against Violence

Women across Kenya are already mobilizing within their communities and working to change the culture of violence. But what is the best way to support this movement and obey the Lord’s commands to “uphold the cause of the oppressed” and “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 146:-9; Proverbs 31:8–9 NIV)?  According to the International Center for Research on Women, “When women own property and earn money from it, they may have more bargaining power at home. This in turn can help reduce their vulnerability to domestic violence and HIV infection.”  Not only do these approaches bring greater prosperity to communities—they may be the key to ending widespread violence against women in Kenya and around the world.
 

Support Womens' Education in Kenya

If you want to help today, you can support womens' education in Kenya by purchasing one of Tembo Trading Education Project’s handmade, fair trade Kenyan bags, or by donating to fund microloans for entrepreneurs.
 
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