‘He beat and raped me after I refused to shave my hair’ Cries woman

Courageous Kenyan women have come out to narrate their harrowing tales at the hands of their abusive husbands whom they loved but not anymore.

Fatuma has long, lustrous hair, her crowning glory. Her husband ordered her to shear it off, saying other men stared and smiled seductively at her.

He feared she would run off with another man.

Fatuma (not her real name) refused. He battered her, bashed her with a gas cylinder and sexually assaulted her.

She was rushed to Mombasa Level 5 Hospital where she was treated and discharged,Her husband has not been arrested, still walking free in Kisauani.

Another survivor narrates

When her husband John failed to leave money for food on February 25, Mary reached out to their neighbour Jay for help.

She borrowed Sh50 to buy food for her three-year-old son. Jay didn’t have cash but asked Mary to accompany him to an M-Pesa shop where he withdrew cash and gave her Sh50.

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John was at the shop and saw Jay handing the money to his wife. That is when all hell broke loose. John pounced on the wife.

“He slapped, kicked and rained blows on me. When we got home, he threatened to smash the boy’s head with a bottle,” Mary said.

She bit his hand and the bottle fell. “He said he was going to kill me and my son.”

The 21-year-old mother has been married to John for four years. She is HIV positive and persistent battering and poverty have left her weak.

She can barely stand on her own and frequently is in pain. Her father died and her mother got remarried. They lived in Malindi.

But Mary’s matrimonial home in Kisauni has been hell. She says her son has witnessed all the assaults inflicted by the father.

“He cries whenever he sees his father. At one time, he told me, ‘Mummy, don’t leave me alone. Daddy will kill me’.”

The death threats persisted. On February 28, John hit Mary with a club on the head, hips and shoulder.

When she recovered, Mary said John wanted to attack his son.

“I had to shield him. So I continued to receive the beatings,” she said. She was giving her testimony on Tuesday to Muslims for Human Rights.

Source:The Star

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Woman sues employer for forcing her to wear a bra to work

An Alberta woman has filed a human rights complaint against her employer after she was told she had to wear a bra to work.

Christina Schell was fired after refusing to comply with an updated dress code, which meant she had to wear a bra or an undershirt while she worked outdoors serving tables.

She told CBC when she confronted the general manager of the Osoyoos Golf Club, Doug Robb, she was told the rule was to protect her from members.

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Schell claims he told her: ‘I know what happens in golf clubs when alcohol’s involved’.

The 25-year-old said she stopped wearing bras about two years ago, because she found them ‘horrible’.

Schell said she chose to use the human rights act to complain as she noticed men did not have the same amount of restrictions surrounding how they dressed.

“It’s gender-based and that’s why it’s a human rights issue,’I have nipples and so do the men.”

 McDonald’s cook Kate Gosek said she also struggled at work because of her choice not to wear a bra.

Gosek, 19, told CBC she had been confronted by multiple managers at the store who were displeased with her choice. She said one female manager had gone as far as to poke her shoulder looking for a strap.

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‘She just told me that I should put on a bra because, McDonald’s – we are a polite restaurant and no one needs to see that.’

Gosek, who doesn’t wear bras for comfort reasons, received an apology from two of her managers this week, with McDonald’s Canada confirming there is no requirement for female employees.

Under discrimination law, it is illegal for employers: ‘to discriminate against any individual because of his race, color, religion, sex, or national origin’.

While Gosek can now breathe easy she knows her employer has a positive view towards going bra-less, Schell is still waiting to hear back about the success, or lack thereof, of her human rights complaint.

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