Nairobi Program: I'm Worth Defending | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
'I'm Worth Defending' is an international non-government organization based in Korogocho and operating in other slums in Kenya's capital. Rape is a constant threat for girls and women living in the crime-ridden slums of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. It is estimated that one out of five women are raped in the slums, and there are few arrests of rapists. A U.S.-initiated and funded program is working hard to change all that. Charity Waithera has been to hell and back. During the country's post-election violence, she was brutally gang-raped near a section of Nairobi called Korogocho. Some eight months after her ordeal, the 46-year-old mother of seven joined a group called "I'm Worth Defending." Her life has since been transformed. "I have been taught to remove the rape experience from my heart - that is very important," she said. "I have been taught how to protect myself if I meet with gangsters or rapists. I have also been taught how to run away if I am in a compromising situation and which areas of the man I can hold if I am being attacked."