NAIROBI, March 7, 2011 –To uplift and uphold the dignity of women we need to protect them, value them and ensure their safety in the challenging environment that we have, a Kenyan woman who founded the Kenya Anti-Rape organisation in 1992 has said.
Fatma Anyanzwa was speaking about “Safety and Dignity of Women” during a public forum organised by Association of Sisterhoods of Kenya justice and Peace Commission (AOSK-JPC) on March 5, 2011 in Nairobi.
“It begins with you. That you strive to uphold your own dignity and that of others and in so doing ensure a safe environment for everyone,” Anyanzwa who has received several honoraries said.
She said that more needs to be done to protect and uphold the dignity of women. “I put the challenge to you, to think over what you feel would encourage and challenge policy makers to promote the safety and dignity of women,” she said.
She further said that “the struggle for equity and justice for women and girls should no longer be seen as the domain for non-governmental organisations.
She also advised that women and men must work in partnership to make safety and dignity a right for all. “We all need to support policies that ensure the food and economic security of women, men and children.”
Anyanzwa was the woman of the year in 2002 declared by the American Biographical Institute.