Kike Talk on Sex: Consent and Power

Credit: ww.kiketele.com/
Credit: ww.kiketele.com/

On Saturday, I took part in the inaugural Kike Talks organized by Kike Tele, a woman-centric organization focused on creating conversations around issues affecting women. The event took place on 19th September 2015 from 3 pm to 5 pm at Soul Food Café which is at Liaison House (State House Avenue).

We had really candid conversations around women’s sexuality. The participants shared their experiences around sexual consent and power. It was evident that as women, we have power to choose whether or not to  have sex.

Societal norms have placed women in a passive position when it comes to openly expressing their sexuality. Women are expected to carry themselves in a certain ‘dignified’ way. The bar is even raised higher if a woman is single at a certain age. Some labels such as ‘Whore’ or ‘Slut’ are often used to subdue women who tend to be assertive and aggressive.

Present at the talk was a representative of Marie Stopes Kenya who answered all our questions on reproductive health and contraceptives. Contraceptives have myths surrounding them and judging from our questions, more education still needs to be carried out to have a more empowered woman. We also got to learn the array of SRHR services provided by Marie Stopes.

I certainly enjoyed taking part in the talks and will be on the lookout for other monthly forums. If you would like to take part in these talks, like the Kike Tele Facebook page and be on the lookout for the monthly events.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s