Author: Kerubo Abuya


Gender Equality: Celebrating Our Differences, Embracing Our Humanity

Last year, my daughter, now 9, asked me to explain the meaning of “gender equality.” As I explained the meaning of this phrase she had encountered while reading a paper that I was writing, she asked me yet another question: “so why aren’t things this way, mommy?” My daughter was surprised and could not fathom… Read more »

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,… Read more »

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… Read more »

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,” which begins by asking simple questions,… Read more »

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 undernourishment that afflicts more than a… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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 gender equality, Zebib Kavuma, a… Read more »