Justice for Sharon Otieno and Seven-Months-Old Unborn Baby: Stop Killing Girls and women
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No More Killing of Girls and Women By Men in Positions of Power:
Justice for Killings and violations of Human Rights of Girls and Women
Kenyan Government Must Provide Justice for Sharon Otieno and Her Unborn Child.
We Call for immediate arrest, interrogation and holding of key suspects within Governor Okoth Obado's immediate family in this gruesome murder of Sharon Otieno and her unborn baby.
No one should be above the Rule of Law in a democratic society
Why is this a problem?
The murder of Sharon Otieno and her unborn seven-month-old foetus is a human rights issues and a societal menace that has been normalized. Time has come for human right activists and advocates, policy makers, government and human rights bodies to strongly condemn these heinous acts that are performed by men in power positions at the detriment of the lives of our young girls and women. It is alleged that Sharon was killed as a result of being in a relationship with a top Kenyan official which resulted into pregnancy. Therefore, in her murder, her unborn foetus was the target. Autopsy reports reveal that Sharon was tortured, stabbed eight times, mutilated and raped. He seven-month-old foetus was killed as one stab wound extended all the way to her spine.
Sharon Otieno is not the first young girl to be killed. Precedence has been set, not ones, twice or thrice but many times. Our Legal and justice systems privilege men and social class and are oppressive to women. In a few weeks Sharon's case will go cold, she will be buried and forgotten. Sharon and her unborn baby will not have found justice. Life will go on, as we wait for another victim from another man in a powerful position to prey on another disadvantaged and vulnerable young girl and kill her when things do not go as planned. Help us ensure that Sharon serves as an example to many in our society.
One of the supporters of this petition Lilian Otieno shares
"This case has been weighing heavy on my heart.
My heart aches when I think about the oppression of women in Kenya. Women's lives don't matter at all. They are like objects that men use and dispose of whenever they want. Intimate partner violence is accepted as a norm and men often get away with killing, raping and physically abusing women. What disturbs me the most is that these men are never held accountable for their actions and are rarely apprehended, but the victims are always blamed for the crimes committed against them e.g, 'She got killed because she was a slut', 'She provoked her husband by being disrespectful to him so he had to teach her a lesson', 'She deserved to be raped because she was out late', etc. Even the late Sharon has been blamed for 'bringing this on herself'. She was raped and brutally murdered and for some people to suggest that she deserved to be killed because she was dating an older man is just blatantly implausible. The only crime committed here was rape and murder and the person responsible should be arrested and charged with murder.
We demand justice for Sharon".
We want justice for Sharon. We want the rule of law to prevail. We do not want Sharon's case to go cold as many that have been before her.
The structural systems in our society have failed many girls and women, many of whom are born and live at the margins. Moral police and the society at large continue to normalize social injustices that have been cemented by historical legacies of chauvinism, misogyny, sexism, and patriarchy as well as oppressive systems that devalue social justice and the rule of law particularly for women and girls. We cannot continue to blame girls and women for the ills that befall them. Time has come for us to demand equity and not equality. We can all attest to the fact that women are marginalized and do not have equitable access to resources. The social media and the society are awash with condemnation of Sharon and many young girls and women who continue to struggle and pick breadcrumbs to survive in a male-dominated and privileged society. As we are condemning Sharon and all the young girls who have been killed before her, what parameters are we using to evaluate the current lived realities and actualities of our girls/women? Do the socio-political grounds provide a level ground for the women to live equally and equitably as men? It is no secret that women cannot access education, employment, services, businesses etc equally as men. Most marginalized women in Kenyan who come from poor backgrounds just as Sharon are forced to survive. The road to success for them is like a walk in the wilderness. You must learn survival skills to make it. Men in privileged positions take advantage of women who are trying to survive. For you to get admitted in university, get a school loan, get a bursary, get good grades, get a job, get a tender, get a business opportunity and even spiritual nourishment in our religious institutions; your intelligence, smartness, ambition, hopes, purpose, experience, or lived experience as a woman are never the exchange rates but pathways to sexual harassment and abuse.
In most Kenyan Government Institutions and County Government, women continue to suffer in silence and are victims of promiscuity of male officials and employees. Women are victimized and their rights violated. Women are robbed off their dignity by being forced to either volunteer their bodies as sex objects or suffer gross consequences including rape, death threats, denied services or fired from employment
We cannot continue to allow murderers to lead or walk freely in the corridors of government institutions. This is a call for the Kenyan Government and it's Criminal Justice System to walk the talk. It is time for government leaders, human rights activities and advocates and policymakers to find the root of this menace and address it.
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