By Allan Wanjiku
A 23-year old woman who has turned out to be a women empowerment activist has continued to sensitize teenagers on social vices that hinder them from attaining their life goals.
Ms Joy Nyokabi who runs a foundation dubbed Jolyn Foundation which she runs in partnership with Ms Linet Munuhe (Secretary) has been crisscrossing to different parts of Kangema for the noble course.
On Friday Ms Nyokabi, the young and focused young woman spent her day at Kanguru and Kiawambogo villages in the interior parts of Kangema Constituency where she met school going children of between 12-19 years where she took them through teenage pregnancy, sodomy, early marriages, school drop outs, menstrual hygiene and stigma topics.
She says she decided to start the initiative following the increased cases of defilement in Kangema, poverty amongst families that has forced teens to sleep with men to get money to buy sanitary towels and inner wears.
“We sensitized the 25 girls aged 12-19 years about various issues that may obstruct them from attaining their life desires, I was motivated to do this initiative when I did a research on menstrual hygiene,I discovered that many teenage girls,are being lured to sleep with men so that they get money to buy sanitary towels and innerwears,” she said.
Ms Nyokabi called on government to take a stern action against two assistant chiefs and a police officer in Kangema who have been accused of sexually assaulting minors at Abberdare forest saying the officers are supposed to be the ray of hope to minors but decided to turn out to be predators.
“Its shameful and very embarrassing that the administrators and the officer who should agitate the rights of minors and protect them have turned out to be beasts. My foundation will follow the matter until it’s logical conclusion,” she added.
Ms Linet Munuhe on her part said they will continue championing the rights of teenagers and calling out defilers and perpetrators of injustices to school going children.
“We shall stop at nothing to defend the teens from injustices and ensure that we remove barriers that hinder them from accessing education,” Ms Munuhe said.
The students’ efforts to sensitize pupils have caught the eye of Muranga Women Representative Wanjiru Chege who recognized their efforts and partnered with them where she donated personal items.
“Joy, a University student is mobilizing and senstizing students and pupils, educating them on personal hygiene and the importance of getting back to school in one piece by evading early pregnancy during this period of Covid-19,” Ms Chege wrote in her Facebook page.
Ms Chege who chairs the Health Committee.. “The girl is changing the mind set of many young girls in her home area Wanjerere in Rwathia by engaging them positively. Such initiatives must be supported to the fullest.”
During the function, Ms Nyokabi donated masks and sanitary towels to the pupils.