In Summary

  • Women open up on being bullied for choosing to remain childless
  • Social media spaces creating grounds for bullies
  • Calls for people to respect choices made by women

Celebrated singer, radio and television personality Sheila Mwanyigha has taken to her social media account kick starting a much needed conversation on bullying.

She shared an abusive comment from an X user who was responding to her previous post on the same platform,

‘’Midlife crisis and childless is worse than not having an inheritance. Fallen soldier’’ read the Abusive response Posted by an X user  

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Women Bullied For choosing to Remain Child Free

Kalekye Mumo (Photo Courtesy)

 

In an era where women are allowed to make their life decisions they still  experience online trolls based on the decisions they make.

One very common weapon that is used to target women is ageing and being child free

Amplifying the same concerns media personality Kalekye Mumo says sadly fellow women also join in the online trolls

 ‘’If you haven’t attained what society views as ‘’The Stage makers’’ to be sijui a whole woman (read married with kids) .It’s even more disappointing that other women will throw it at you’’ Read her comment

‘’The culture has so much to say on women and what we should or shouldn’t be and when we slowly finding our voice it’s threatening ‘’ read a different Comment

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Bullying Women Online

Mwanyigha noted that with a few weeks to start the 16days of activism online spaces remain a favored frontier where abuse and other forms of violence against women continue.

When bullying happens online it can feel as if you’re being attacked everywhere, even inside your own home. It can seem like there’s no escape. The effects can last a long time and affect a person in many ways:

  • Mentally – feeling upset, embarrassed, stupid, even afraid or angry
  • Emotionally – feeling ashamed or losing interest in the things you love
  • Physically – tired (loss of sleep

It’s a call to have this conversation in our work places, families and acknowledge that human beings are different and with different perspectives and dreams.

Live and let others live.

 

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