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Anne Ngunjiri

    Gender inequality enable violence in Mercy’s life and community: Being female in a patriachal society, mercy feels like she cannot speak up about anyhitng, particulalry anything she may want; her husband is the one to control all apects of her life. Also by virtue of being female, she is discriminated against and not allowed to go to school which limits her development, future status.
    There are clear geidner roles that ar eupheld in her society, which discriminate against the girls and not for the boys. This stamps the patriachal authority where the men, boys are treated as greater beings/memebrs of socety and women/girls are subordinate. Therefore Mercy experiences GBV due to these inequitable spcial and cultural norms in her upbringing and society.

    ways violence could worsen gender inequalities in her life: The kind of violence Mercy experences for example controlling behaviours from her husband over the family’s resources, roles that inhibit her desires, and does not offer a safe space fo rher to speak out. As long as she cannot guarantee her and her children’s safety, she will not voice her needs and concerns.This silence, in turn, is interpreted as tolerance to the violence she is going through and the socity normalises it. thus men are allowed to contiue with their controlling behaviour and have power and control in the relationships. similarly, boys in families are allowed to think, feel they are superior to girls at a tender age and the same narrative is observed when they are adults.