Kenyan group calls for men to boycott food to raise awareness of domestic violence against men

According to BBC News, a Kenya’s men lobby group has called for a national six-day food boycott to protest the increasing rate of domestic violence against men.

The boycott calls for men not to eat food cooked at home by the women, but instead to join other men outside to share their experiences.

The group says that the Kenyan government does not take domestic violence against men seriously.

They are right. Women are not the only  victims of domestic violence. Men can be victims, too, and that is often forgotten or pushed aside. We think that they are not victims because they are considered more powerful, dominant and stronger. However, physical abuse is not the only type of domestic violence. Domestic violence can take the shape of emotional abuse, too.

I am definitely proud of this group for raising awareness of the issue in Kenya because it is an issue that needs to be addressed.

 

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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