Social activist Adelle Onyango together with co-author Lanji J.J. Ouko hosted a preview brunch for their upcoming book.
It documents the voices of survivors of rape, observers, family members, activists, nurses, lawyers and many others, who offer a glimpse of the different perceptions of violence.
LANJI EXPLAINED, “THIS PREVIEW IS TO SHARE THIS BOOK WITH STAKEHOLDERS WHO HAVE HELD OUR HANDS IN THE WRITING OF THIS BOOK. THE BOOK IS LIKE NONE THIS CONTINENT HAS EVER SEEN AS IT DOCUMENTS STORIES OF SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE FROM 1902 TILL THE PRESENT TIMES. WE ARE SURE THAT THE BOOK WILL NOT JUST AMPLIFY THE STORIES BUT SHOW THE WORK NEEDED TO SUPPORT SURVIVORS, ENSURE JUSTICE AND ULTIMATELY END SEXUAL VIOLENCE.”
Adelle who also co-authors the book, said, “When the book comes out in 2021, we implore Africans to get it, read it, listen to the survivors’ voices and then introspect on if you are helping end or aggravate sexual violence.”
The Sunday brunch was at Kileleshwa Gardens where they previewed the book to people who have contributed to the journey of making the book.
Here, Janet Mbugua who was among the guests also added her voice to the book.
ADELLE EXPLAINS, “JANET MBUGUA HAS BEEN VOCAL ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES. HER WORK IN THE ENDING PERIOD POVERTY IS EXEMPLARY. WE PICKED HER BECAUSE OF HER GENUINE FIGHT TO MAKE SPACES SAFER FOR WOMEN AND AS YOU KNOW, ALL THESE ISSUES FACING WOMEN ARE INTERLINKED.”
Adding that she is also someone who has directly supported Adelle Onyango in her fight to end gender-based violence.
“It is powerful to have women supporting each other especially when it’s for the greater good of other women not only in Kenya but on the continent.”
MBUGUA NOTED THAT “THIS IS A POWERFUL BOOK THAT AMPLIFIES STORIES BY SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE. IT WILL FORCE US TO CONFRONT THIS ISSUE AND DEMAND THAT WE DO MORE TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE. IT MAY ALSO HELP OTHER SURVIVORS START THEIR HEALING JOURNEY.”