Posts tagged with the category Kerubo Abuya
Political Leadership, Human Rights, and Activism: What Is the Connection?
Today the world celebrates the International Day of Human Rights, and lately I have been reflecting on conversations that I have been engaged in where the topics of leadership, human rights, and activism become points of curiosity for me. In late November, I attended the fourth annual African Women and Political Leadership conference in Lilongwe,...
The Elders' Speak: Give Girls the Chance to Make a Choice
This Thursday, October 11th, marks the first International Day of the Girl Child, a global day of observance declared by the U.N. One might ask why have a day that observes the girl child and not the boy child or all children? There has been talk in certain circles that, with all of the past and current girls’ and womens' ...
To Speak or Not to Speak: Balancing the Tension of Human Rights and Culture
I could not agree more with Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder and leader of Agape International Spiritual Center, when he recently shared on Facebook: “The song that you've been holding back is the cause of your heartache. Don't wait! You've got to sing your song as if your whole life depends on it.” The past few years,...
Child Marriage: The Real Killer of Adolescent Girls and Infants in Africa
As I listened to the afternoon newscast on my way home a few weeks ago, I thought I had misunderstood what the broadcaster said on a story about a "Save the Children" report that childbirth is the number one killer of teenage girls in Africa between the ages of 15 and 19. I was further shocked when the broadcaster said that this trend is...
Why Economic Growth is the Wrong Focus for Africa (Part 2)
In my previous post, I noted Martha Nussbaum’s argument that "our dominant theories of development have given us policies that ignore our basic human needs for dignity and self-respect." There was also a high-level insight into her proposition for an "alternative model to assess human development: the capabilities approach,...
Why Economic Growth is the Wrong Focus for Africa (Part 1)
The United Nations Development Programme (or UNDP) published its first human development report addressing African issues in Nairobi, Kenya, last week. The Africa Human Development Report 2012: Towards a Food Secure Future asserts, "If countries in sub-Saharan Africa are to realize their potential, they will need to overcome the...
Seeking Justice, Lives Worthy of Human Dignity: A Child’s Dignity Violated, A Woman Scorned (Part II)
In this post, I will continue my story about a 25-year-old Kenyan woman who I have named "Mrembo" for the sake of this writing. Mrembo managed to escape the deeply violating, humiliating, dehumanizing, cruel, degrading and traumatic experiences at the hands of her former husband of seven years—a man whom she had married after he...
Seeking Justice, Lives Worthy of Human Dignity: A Child’s Dignity Violated, A Woman Scorned (Part I)
As life’s great moments continue to unfold, I experienced some rather intense moments last week that culminated in attempts of mindful and critical reflection, an exercise that started out really well. And, as I gave my thoughts permission to wander and flow yonder, like a little bird perched on a branch basking and absorbing the warmth of...
Celebrating the 101th International Women’s Day: “Empowering Women and Girls, Inspiring Futures”
Thursday, March 1st, 2012, marked the beginning of a seven-day long series of activities culminating to the 101th annual commemoration of the International Women’s Day on March 8th across the world. The just-ending week sought to celebrate women’s achievements and create awareness on the barriers that still exist towards achieving...
Wangari Muta Maathai (1940-2011): A Role Model of Ethical Leadership, Integrity, and Social Responsibility
An article posted on the Green Belt Movement website described the late activist Wangari Muta Maathai as a Nobel Peace Laureate; an environmentalist; a scientist; a parliamentarian; a founder of the Green Belt Movement; an advocate for social justice, human rights, and democracy; an elder; and a peacemaker. Maathai lived and worked in Nairobi,...
The Relational Self: Are We Merely Experiencing, Using, or Encountering Each Other?
In his book, I and Thou, Martin Buber asserted, “God is present when I confront You. But if I look away from You, I ignore him. As long as I merely experience or use you, I deny God. But when I encounter You I encounter him.” What a profound and spiritual contextualization of the self and other—the relational self. Acknowledging...
Reflections on Dialogue: The Power of Shared Meaning
At Saybrook's August 2010 residential conference, I participated in the generative and strategic dialogue seminar facilitated by Dr. Nancy Southern, Dr. Kathia C. Laszlo and Dr. Alexander Laszlo of the organizational systems program. Learning about the difference between discussion and dialogue was particularly transformative and deepened my...
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