[DEBATE] : Fwd: Please Act to Stop Election Violence Against Kenyan Women
firoze at fahamu.org
Sat Sep 15 08:55:53 BST 2007
Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Shailja Patel" <shailjapatel at gmail.com>
> Date: 15 September 2007 07:48:34 am BDT
> To: "Firoze Manji" <firoze at fahamu.org>
> Subject: Please Act to Stop Election Violence Against Kenyan Women
> Reply-To: shailjapatel at gmail.com
> Dear Friends,
> Forgive my second mailing this month. This is an emergency.
> It's election year in Kenya. Kenyan women running for electoral
> office face a barrage of tactics designed to intimidate and
> terrorize them into withdrawing. The tactics range from threats and
> verbal intimidation, to harassment and obstruction as they
> campaign, to brutal violence.
> Last Friday, Flora Igoki Tera, Parliamentary Candidate for the
> North Imenti Constituency in the Meru district of Kenya, was
> attacked and tortured by a gang of 5 men, near her Meru home.
> They choked her. Scored her wrists with thorns. Beat her with iron
> bars, dislodging a disc in her spine. Shaved and tore her hair from
> her head, mixed it with feces, stuffed it into her mouth, and
> forced her to swallow it.
> All the while, they repeatedly warned her against running for the
> North Imenti seat in the forthcoming elections. Before this, Ms.
> Tera had suffered another assault, a few weeks ago, by unknown
> assailants who burned her knuckles with cigarettes.
> Of 222 Members of Parliament in Kenya, only 18 are women.
> WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
> Send just ONE EMAIL. To Flora Tera, cc'd to the Electoral
> Commission of Kenya, whose job it is to ensure peaceful, free and
> fair elections.
> Here's how:
> A) Press REPLY.
> B) In the cc box, type, or copy and paste:
> eck at nbnet.co.ke
> This is the email address of the Electoral Commission of Kenya.
> Your email [SUGGESTED TEXT BELOW] will come to me. I will print it
> out and personally deliver it to Flora Tera, at the Gender Violence
> Recovery Unit of Nairobi Women's Hospital. These messages will be
> vital fuel for her healing and her courage, as she continues her
> Your email will also go to the Electoral Commission of Kenya,
> putting international heat on them to take action.
> Finally, I will forward the emails to John Michuki, Minister of
> Internal Security, here.
> You can also post further messages at this site. The greater the
> volume of response, the better.
> C) SUGGESTED TEXT [Feel free to substitute your own words, and add
> whatever else you'd like. But please include the info about groups
> cc'd and about the Electoral Commission of Kenya]:
> Dear Ms. Tera,
> I want to express my deep outrage and sadness at the terrible
> attack you have suffered. Please know that you are not alone, and
> this atrocity will not go unchallenged. People around the world are
> sending you their support.
> [ADD YOUR OWN WORDS]
> I am a member of the following groups / international listserves /
> online communities / networks, to whom I have circulated this
> information, and appeal for justice.
> [LIST GROUPS]
> I have copied this email to the Electoral Commission of Kenya. We
> call upon Mr. Samuel Kiviutu, chair of the Commission, to
> allocate resources IMMEDIATELY to security for women candidates in
> the run-up to the elections.
> We salute your courage, your political vision, and your
> determination to make a difference for the people of Kenya.
> With heartfelt wishes for your recovery,
> Organization or Affiliation:
> City and Country:
> Post this mailing on all groups / listserves / online communities
> you belong to, that are concerned with global human rights, peace
> and justice.
> Thank you for listening. For being out there.
> In community,
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