Thought for the day: the dignity of African women

science | Dec 09, 2014 | By Martin Barillas

"Unless we recognise that each individual is irrepeatable and valuable by virtue of simply being conceived human, we cannot begin to talk about human rights. This includes the right to be born, as all of us have enjoyed. True justice should be for each human being, visible and invisible, young and old, disabled and able, to enjoy fully their right to life. The accidental attributes that we acquire such as colour, sex intelligence, economic circumstances, physical or mental disability should not be used as an excuse to deprive a person of life." Quoted from a speech given by Dr Margaret Atieno Ogola, On the Dignity of the African Woman.
Dr Ogola was  a pediatrician and medical director of the Cottolengo HIV and AIDS orphans hospice in Kenya. She died in 2011 at the age of 53. She was the celebrated author of three novels. She was the winner of the Jomo Kenyatta Literature Award and Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in Africa in 1995. She wrote a handbook for parents titled Educating in Human Love, as well as A Gift of Grace, a biography ofCardinal Maurice Michael Otunga. Dr Ogola was also Vice-President of Family Life Counselling in Kenya and National Executive Secretary of the Commission for Health and Family Life at the Kenya Episcopal Conference (KEC) from 1998 to 2002.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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