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Kenya: Yet another rape poem

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya, Women & Gender

Gukira has an excellent commentary on violence against women and rape in particular. He asks why there are so many rape poems written [1]…”.For these rape poems, whatever their formal merits, suggest how women understand their structural position within gendered norms. The rape poem captures the experience of space and time, in which routes taken during the day may not be traversed at night….And it captures whispered stories told to close friends, often accompanied by binding promises: don’t tell anyone, please. Even now, I do not betray these secrets”.