Wagatwe Wanjuki

I would use the Young Visionaries contest money to expand my current blog, Raped at Tufts, which concentrates on sexual violence at Tufts University to a comprehensive website that will address sexual violence at universities around the world.

I want students to be able to have a safe space where they can speak about how their universities address rape, share personal stories, and share information that could help students not only after an assault, but that could help prevent them.

I want to be able to have a site where it serves as a sort of “one stop shop” for campus sexual violence. I have too often come across survivors and their friends who wished they had known about resources for sexual violence way before. I believe that ignorance plays a huge part in the revictimization of survivors and the perpetuation of inadequate sexual violence policies. If there was an easy-to-access and -find place that had these resources, I think that the college careers (and therefore the rest of the lives) of many people can be vastly improved.



20 responses to “Wagatwe Wanjuki

  1. I have known Ms. Wanjuki for a while, and have to say that this is a hard working young woman with a passion and commitment for helping others. Her sense of injustice is matched with a sense of humor that is rare and inspiring. She has the work ethic needed to get things done, and though she denies it, she is also a bit of a glamor queen.

  2. I am proud to be Twe's fellow board member at SAFER!
    She has such integrity and a commitment to social justice. This movement is bolstered by her efforts!

  3. "Like it or not, it's the truth."

    I think it's more of an opinion to which 169 other people disagree with.

    But I digress…you're entitled to think what you want.

  4. I wonder if someone could just vote for themselves on these things…I'd be voting for myself a million times. Or…170 times.

  5. It doesn't let you vote multiple times, no. There's a button you can click to vote that disappears after you do so.

  6. Hey all — I'm the program officer for online communications and campaigns at IWHC, which means that community management of Akimbo and Young Visionaries falls under my domain. I just deleted several abusive comments aimed at Wagatwe.

    Here is our comment policy:

    "We aim to create a blog that fosters open discussion about the health and rights of women and girls throughout the world, and welcome comments that both support and challenge our work and perspectives. Thoughtful and respectful comments are welcome, while hate speech, personal attacks, offensive language, or off-topic comments to other sites will be deleted.

    Comments are moderated by the communications team, though at the moment comments are not held for approval, they are posted when submitted. If we begin to have a problem with abusive or hate-speech comments we will switch to fully moderated comments and a blog administrator will have to approve all comments before they appear on the blog. We retain the right to moderate, edit, delete, and block comments as we see fit."

    I am happy to discuss any issues people have with this policy or my choices in enacting it. You can respond here or email me at aray [at] iwhc.org if you like. The abusive comments have not been completely deleted – they are unpublished, and I am tracking the URLs of commenters on this and all other posts.

  7. I think the fact that there are apparently all these people saying negative things just demonstrates more why Twe so deserves this grant. She has been incredibly strong and persevered throughout an unbelievable amount of opposition. She is absolutely committed to her projects, and is dedicated, hardworking enough to make a real change.

  8. Twe is one one of the most promising, fearless, badass young women I have ever met. Beyond committed to her work, there are amazing things coming from this girl and I can think of no one I would rather support.

  9. Twe has suffered through much and, as the comments that were deleted clearly show, has faced adversity in so many forms. Despite this, she still puts her best foot forward and is working hard to benefit other women in her generation, and those in future generations. No matter how many negative comments or actions are directed towards her, she perseveres and is making a positive difference. She certainly has been a source of inspiration for me, and I really hope that she receives the grant because I can't think of anyone who deserves it more, or who would be more dedicated to making sure the money is spent wisely and for a wonderful cause.

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