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MADRE Partner Rose Cunningham Leads Trainings on Indigenous Women's Human Rights in Kenya

Posted on: Thursday, August 18, 2011

Keywords: Africa, Kenya, Human Rights Advocacy

(c) MADREMADRE staff have been visiting our sister organizations in Kenya over this past week. Our Executive Director, Yifat Susskind, has just shared with us another update, about her visit to the Transmara region where many of the projects of our partner organization, the Indigenous Information Network, are based. There, Rose Cunningham of our sister organization Wangki Tangni led a training about Indigenous rights, women’s rights and human rights.

Below is some of what Yifat shared:

I’m excited to also tell you about today’s activities. Today, the amazing Rose Cunningham led a training, and it was a great success. About 25 women participated from seven different Indigenous Maasai communities, learning about women’s rights, Indigenous rights and human rights. I’d like to introduce you, virtually, to just a few of the women that I met here.

I met Caroline, a nurse, who told me that she had come to the training directly from the night (c) MADREshift she had just worked. She had not slept, and she had traveled hours to get here—but you would never have guessed it from the energy with which she threw herself into the discussions.

I also met Mary, who was pulled out of school when she was a teenager in order to get married. She said that now her number one priority in life is to make sure that her own children finish school.

And then there was Elizabeth, who started out this morning at the training experiencing the early stages of labor. Luckily, there is a little clinic nearby, across the path from where the training is taking place. And by this afternoon, Elizabeth had a baby girl!

It was an incredibly special day, and much of the credit for that goes to Rose. Just as I expected, it was really great to watch her do what she is so marvelous at. She created an atmosphere that was comfortable, and all of the women there felt free to talk and to share their experiences with one another. We had a good discussion about the difficulties that they all face – from finding clean water for their families to finding the means to educate their children. And they also talked about how to change things for the better, to make human rights a reality for themselves and for their children.

Throughout this past week, Yifat has been sharing updates and videos from her trip, which you can access by clicking on the links below:

Water and Food Still Urgently Needed; Executive Director Yifat Susskind Shares an Update from Kenya (August 15, 2011)

Bringing Together Women Leaders in Kenya: Video (August 16, 2011)

MADRE Meets with Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji of Womankind Kenya: Video (August 17, 2011)

Keep checking back to hear more updates from MADRE’s trip to Kenya.


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