Part II of this article concluded with an attempt to understand the seemingly institutionalized culture of silence that surrounds the social system of violence against women in Kenya. I am recognizant of the fact that women like men are participants and therefore contributors, beneficiaries and sufferers of the cultures that they are immersed in. I am also aware of the generally accepted perception of a "good African woman” in some African cultures. In these cultures, a “good African woman” is one that does not talk back...
Part I of this article provided some background and understanding of the prevalent culture of violence - especially sexual violence - against women in Kenya citing examples from Mwangi’s essay Silence is a Woman along with statistics from other sources. Her essay throbs with a seething theme of silence. My interest in the topic of silence stems from my personal experiences and how it has shaped my life as well as other women’s lives as informed by the cultures we are immersed in as global communities. As an Action Researcher, I am...
An essay, Silence is a Woman, by my friend Wambui Mwangi posted on “The New Inquiry” reports that, “On April 1, 2013, a woman passenger got off a matatu at the bus stop in Nyeri, a town in central Kenya, and was assaulted by men variously described as 'a group,' 'a crowd,' 'a mob,' or simply as 'matatu touts.' The media report was that the woman was attacked and raped because the men judged her “indecently dressed." The 'matatu touts' tore off her outer clothes, ripped apart...
When I was diagnosed with Lyme disease recently, it explained a lot of things. (see www.ico-consulting.com/blog) It explained why it was so hard to push my business or anything forward; it explained the aches, pains, fatigue, and mind fog I have been experiencing for the last year. As I looked into the disease and its progression I ran into multiple systems that interweave in a complex tangle of embedded interactions. Environmental Systems Change One of the primary systems impacting the increase in tick-borne diseases is the environment....
In past blogs, I have explored the notion of an organization’s “collaborative advantage” and outlined core attributes of organizational collaboration. Effective organizational collaboration is more than strategic tactical measures that produce results. It is not just a way of acting or behaving, but a way of being. Collaboration is being connected, is having a felt sense of being a valued member of workplace networks. It demands a level of inter-personal relationships. It requires being an integral part of the organizational...
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