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WHAT WE NEED TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN FOLLOWING THE STRIPPING OF A LADY BY EMBASSAVA TOUTS IN NAIROBI

For the last 10 years, Nairobi has been my home and I have always bragged to my fellow Tanzanians at how wonderful Kenya is because of how liberal Nairobians are, among other things.

I have never had to worry about my dressing and I can honestly tell you that there have been many instances where I pushed my fashion boundaries, especially while I was college (I was experimenting!) So, naturally, I was horrified to see the video of the woman being stripped and beaten by the Embassava touts. If this was 6 years ago, that could have easily been me! And 16 years from now, that could easily be my daughter being stripped and beaten or my son (I don’t have one yet) attacking a girl because she is not decently dressed.

So, as the Kilimani moms march at Uhuru park today to condemn the acts by the Embassava touts, I urge parents, teachers, church leaders to please: teach our boys to respect women and not to result to violence; and teach our girls to love and respect themselves.

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