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APRIL 2021 ISSUE NO 1

SAUTI YETU OUR VOICE, TODAY & EVERYDAY

WELCOME TO THE HUB SDG STUDENT HUB | STRATHMORE UNIVESRITY

editor's notes Sauti Yetu is an e-magazine that will seek to amply the voices of the youth and more specifically Strathmore Students when it comes to matters of SDGs and sustainability. The magazine will be a platform where one can share any content that includes but is not limited to articles, art pieces, songs, photos and dance pieces. Each issue will have a theme based on what is happening around the world in that month. Additionally, the magazine is our way of working to see how we can bring sustainability and art together; examining how can we use our creative abilities to raise awareness about the SDGs in the pursuit of change.

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İLAYDA ESKITAŞÇIOĞLU

AS YOUNG PEOPLE, IF WE WANT TO MAKE THE SDGS A REALITY, WE NEED TO RAISE OUR VOICES, LOUDER AND PROUDER THAN EVER BEFORE İlayda Eskitaşcioğlu is a human rights lawyer and a PhD student studying international human rights law at Koç University in İstanbul, Turkey. She is a fellow at the UNESCO Chair for Gender Equality and Sustainable Development and a researcher at the Center for Gender Studies

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WELCOME TO THE HUB The SDG Students Program is an initiative under the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)Youth. SDSN Youth was launched in 2015, three years after SDSN was launched by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Mon, with the aim of empowering youth globally to create practical sustainable solutions. Additionally, the student program hopes to equip students in higher education institutions with knowledge, skills and pathways to action to be effective agents of change. The SDG Student Hub is the space where university students can come and learn about., engage with and act upon the SDGs.

The Strathmore University SDG Student Hub is the only Hub in Kenya under SDSN Youth Kenya. The Strathmore University Hub is full of vibrant members who are ready to take action and play a significant role in the decade of action. The Hub has various programs and activities that allow its members to interact with the SDGs in unique and interesting ways. In 2021, the Hub hopes to launch new programs that will force members to be critical thinkers, innovative people and agents of change in their communities.

"Sustainable development is the pathway for the future we all want" Ban Ki-Moon

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HUB Leadership Hannah Gathuru SDG Coordinator

Yvonne Njoroge Operations and Human Resources Lead

Collins Okoh Legal Officer

Sandra Anya Legal Attaché

Domnick Lemusi Programmes Lead

Kaunga Kyule Partnerships Lead

Kennedy Karanja Partnerships Associate

Lavina Nzivo Partnerships Associate

Samuel Mue Advocacy and Outreach Lead

Nicole Simiyu Creative Team

Ashley Otsyula

Stacie Mburugu

Programmes Associate

Creative Team

Myra Sukantet

Mandeep Jassy

Programmes Associate

Creative Team

Divine Danga Programmes Associate

Elsie Kiprop Programmes Associate

Harriet Kasoa Creative Team

Purity Kibaki Creative Team

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Sustainable development requires human ingenuity. People are the most important resource. DAN SHECHTAM

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also referred to as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Members States in 2015. The SDGs serve as a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and esnure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

They are 17 Goals that cover societal, environmental and economic issues. The uniqueness of these goals is that they are integrated meaning that action in one will affect the outcome in others.

Through the pledge to Leave No One Behind, countries have committed to fast-track progress for those furthest behind first. That is why the SDGs are designed to bring the world to several life-changing ‘zeros’, including zero poverty, hunger, AIDS and discrimination against women and girls.

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EMPOWER THE WOMEN AROUND YOU THE THEME FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH AT THE HUB WAS "EMPOWER THE WOMEN AROUND YOU". THIS WAS INSPIRED BY THE FACT THAT MARCH IS CONSIDERED WOMEN RIGHTS HISTORY MONTH COUPLED WITH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY ON 8TH MARCH.

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I RAISE A GLASS TO ALL, AND I MEAN ALL WOMEN It is international women’s month and may just

BY NICOLE SIMIYU

say it is a glorious time to be alive. This is the century where women are taking up more and

These women make us all who we are today.

more leadership positions. Case in point, Jacinda

These are the women who show up even when

Arden, leader of the people of New Zealand and

you do not see it. We need to exalt them and

recently elected Kamala Harris, vice president

cherish them now. Life is too short to wait for

of the United States of America. It is an era

tomorrow, go hug your mother, grandmother,

where women are speaking up and supporting

wife, sister, or aunt right now. Trust me, it may

each other and making change, all while having

be a small gesture, but it sends a beautiful

their crowns firmly in place because all women

message.

are QUEENS. It really is a great time to be alive. I woke up today and thought where would I be Allow me to repeat this one more time for the

without the women in my life? We always seek

people at the back, all women are Queens. I do

inspiration and motivation from the women on

applaud the famous women who are household

tv or on social media when we have powerful

names such as Maya Angelou, Wangari Maathai,

role models right under our noses. Allow me to

Lupita Nyong’o, just to name but a few. But I

state one of the most obvious but undervalued

also think it’s time we also gave as much

statements of all times. You would not exist

attention if not more to the women we interact

without your mother. Sure, your father helped

with every day and more personally. Our

in your formation, (go dad!) but those 6 or

mothers, our sisters, our wives, our

more hours of labor was all mother dearest.

grandmothers, our girlfriends, and our aunts. So just before you repost or retweet that next When was the last time, if ever, that you told

inspirational photo of a famous woman or

your mother ‘Mum, thank you’. When was the

tweet or post about how much you appreciate

last time you told your wife ‘I really appreciate

women, start at home, and appreciate that

all you do’. When was the last time you called

woman right near you.

your grandmother just to say hello? And yes, siblings are the testers of patience but when was the last time you hugged your sister?

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SDG 5 GENDER EQUALITY Ending all discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, it’s crucial for a sustainable future; it’s proven that empowering women and girls helps economic growth and development. But although there are more women than ever in the labour market, there are still large inequalities in some regions, with women systematically denied the same work rights as men. Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office all remain huge barriers. Climate change and disasters continue to have a disproportionate effect on women and children, so do conflict and migration. It is vital to give women equal rights land and property, sexual and reproductive health, and to technology and the internet. Today there are more women in public office than ever before, but encouraging more women leaders will help achieve greater gender equality.

77 CENTS Women earn only 77 cents for every dollar that men get for the same work

1 IN 3 35 percent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence.

24%

Only 24 percent of national parliamentarians were women as of November 2018, a small increase from 11.3 percent in 1995.

13%

Women represent just 13 percent of agricultural landholders

2 OF 3

Two thirds of developing countries have achieved gender parity in primary education

750 MILLION

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GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

by Sandra Kahoro

Since in the month of March we celebrate and

Contrasts in gender roles and practices

empower women in our societies, we will focus

frequently create disparities, whereby one

on gender-based violence inflicted on women.

gender winds up enabled to burden the other. In

What is gender-based violence (GBV)? GBV

this way, in numerous social orders, women are

usually refers to the violation of human rights

seen as subordinate to men and have a lower

through harmful actions towards a certain

economic well- being, permitting men authority

individual where gender is the contributing

over them, and more leadership control than

factor. This is mainly rooted in gender inequality,

women.

societal norms and abuse of power.

Why do you think gender-based violence is rampant in this day and age?

Most times as we know or have heard, women are usually the victims of this violence in our

Gender Inequality!

communities. Not to disregard the other gender, but this is usually derived from unequal power

Gender inequality is a major factor that

relationships between both genders. Most of us

contributes to gender-based violence. One party

understand that this violence only takes the

feels superior to the other and in one way or

physical form. Women go through not only

another this leads to violence. In most of our

physical but also sexual and psychological

cultures, women are held in high regard but

violence. The relationship between gender and

looked down upon and are supposed to be

violence is very complex. The different roles and

‘domesticated’. Efforts are being made to ensure

behaviours of females and males, children as well

gender equality even though this may take

as adults are shaped and reinforced by gender

several years or more. We hope this can be

norms within society. These are social desires

achieved and we get to live in a world where we

and standards that characterize fitting conduct

are all empowered.

for women and men. For example, in certain

Taking a step towards stopping gender-based

social orders, being male is related to going out

violence means speaking up about it and not

on a limb, being the alpha and going as far as

staying silent and complacent while all these are

having multiple sexual partners to live up to the

happening in our communities!

societal standards.

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I AM A WOMAN PHENOMENALLY. PHENOMENAL WOMAN, THATS ME Maya Angelou

WOMEN ARE THE LARGEST UNTAPPED RESERVOIR OF TALENT IN THE WORLD Hillary Clinton SAUTI YETU

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THE HIDDEN SUPERHERO By Purity Kibaki

"When God created man and woman, he was thinking, 'Who shall I give the power to give birth to the next human being?' And God chose woman, and this is big evidence that women are powerful," said Pakistan Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. I will second her for three reasons. Firstly, women, in this case, mothers are the core pillars of our families, they take care of them, encourage them, feed them and support them, especially to children. When a child is born, the first thing the innocent confused being does is to cry for entering the cold world wondering, “Why am I leaving ‘Paradiso,’ my world?” Where it’s so peaceful, everything is ready-made and comfort is at its peak as they are having fun kicking and throwing some tiny legs which are seen as magic when a mother-to-be says, 'he is kicking.' That I call the beautiful 'Baby World.' On the other hand, as the baby world is exclusive looking like a sweet animation on Baby TV or extravagant like ‘BOSS BABY’, someone’s daughter is screaming, rolling on the ground, sitting in a million positions per hour, having to eat a lion’s share and unfortunately, still working in the farm, doing house chores, taking care of the other children and the baby's daddy. At that moment we see as if it is normal and many of us, kids especially, still ask mama for all we need. But it is mama, she always does these things for us. ‘Ma`, I am hungry.’ Ma` the teacher said she wants to see you tomorrow,’ the same ma` is expected to prepare kids for school and breakfast for the family, not forgetting dinner for daddy, helping Lisa with homework, and keeping the home clean. After the morning duties ma` goes to work, to the office, farm, or her grocery store. Who will take care of Ma`? That's what is called the strength of a woman. Secondly, ‘when we vest in women and girls, we are investing in the people who invest in everyone else,’ Melinda Gates an American Philanthropist once said. Women right from a young age when they are called girls are seen to be very loving and caring. You can see that right from the point a young girl takes care of her doll. Gives the doll a name, never wants to be distant from the doll, cleans her, sings and dances with her, combs her hair, sleeps beside her, and funny enough shares her meal with the doll, you will see the young girl moving the dolls chin and jaws momentarily indicating chewing, her cute doll is eating and 'will become big like me,' to herself she says. That love is portrayed throughout for that is the same way a woman takes care of her child.

The love a girl child is shown as she grows up is shared thrice as much throughout her life. The only problem is, the kindest-hearted people are taken advantage of the most. She will share the love with classmates, peers, colleagues, and children. Another aspect is financial, COVID-19 has dimmed many livelihoods and this has forced many families to shun unnecessary spending and focus on what matters most to them. If a woman is empowered on spending or is knowledgeable on the subject, her family will even improve financially as COVID-19 has poignantly taught us on financial planning and personal finance. A short survey of randomly asking people on the street the prices of basic home products like the price of 500g of salt, 100g of tea leaves, and baby powder I once did, proved that 68% of the correct answers came from women. It is therefore very important to educate the girl child, encourage equity and empower women to save the next generation for a mother is the first teacher to her child. Lastly, gender equity has been among the most discussed topics especially this month as we celebrated International Women`s Day. The corporate world is creating space for women in management not forgetting the government with the two-thirds gender rule in parliament and most recently, the first woman vice-president of the biggest power on the planet, the United States. The nature of a woman, like most mothers, does focus on the future. They always want their families to have something to feed on. Taking this to the corporate world and leadership will surely see a better economic future for the country and world at large. Let us embrace our women, they are our daughters, sisters, wives, teachers, role models, and mothers. Make the world a better place, treat everyone equally and empower the girl child for what we do now will determine the future, the next generation to be sired by the same women and girls. Everyone has a superwoman in their life. Nature the young ones to be your grandchild’s superwoman.

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The Team Samuel Mue Editor in Chief

Purity Kibaki Writer

Nicole Simiyu Writer

Sandrah Kahoro Writer

Mandeep Jassy Graphic Desginer

Stacie Mburugu Graphic Desginer

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