Mental Health: The Greatest Asset

By Alice Kainda, Project Manager – Nascent Research and Development Organization

Mental health is a basic human right. It is the greatest asset in an individual’s life as it guides learning, socialization, work and coping with stress. A healthy mind is crucial to an individual, the community, and socio-economic development; therefore, safeguarding the community’s mental health is protecting the nation’s future. Mental problems manifest in the form of Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders Personality Disorders and/or  Anxiety Disorders and can be caused by psychological, social and biological factors; substance use; or exposure to unfavourable socioeconomic, cultural and demographic situations, such as poverty and violence. Therefore, understanding triggers to one’s mental wellness are crucial in the development of resilience and coping mechanisms.

In Kenya, we celebrate World Mental Health Day with a more giant smile this year, following the enactment and publication of the Mental Health Amendment Act three months ago, and with the year’s theme; Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for All a Global Priority there is need to acknowledge that mental health begins with you and me. Therefore, in commemorating World Mental Health Day 2022, we believe self-care is a step towards mental wellness. We, therefore, challenge you to be kind to yourself. Say positive things about yourself. Reaffirm your existence. Acknowledge the steps you have made towards greatness. Stand up, go to the window and take a long deep breath. Take a walk, listen to music, cook your favourite meal, or call a friend. Do that which makes you happy. There is no health without mental health.

Gender Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow: The One Issue You Can’t Ignore

By: Victor KorirNASCENT RDO Communications Associate

        Reviewed and Edited by Alice Kainda – Programs Manager Nascent RDO. 

 

Even as the world celebrates yet another year of the International Women’s Day, gender inequality remains one of the most pressing problems in the world today. 

Women are still fighting for their rights, and many are still struggling to be seen as equals. Violence against women is witnessed on a daily basis, varying from one action to another. 

Gender Equality 

Gender equality is an important issue that needs to be addressed to make life better for everyone. It is a fundamental human right and a prerequisite for social justice. Gender equality will lead to more opportunities, better health, and improved quality of life for all people.

The gender gap between men and women has reduced over the years, but there is still more to be done. 

Violence against women, shaming victims of sexual assault, unequal pay between men and women, and discrimination against women in leadership are some of the many inequality issues that need addressing. Interventions, ranging from sensitizing men on the rights of women and strengthening policy to establishing and strengthening reporting and justice channels for victims of violence, ought to be the main focus towards eradicating these biases.

Gender Equality and Sustainability

Gender equality is not only the fifth of the 17 sustainable development goals but also the sustainable development goals and the Paris Agreement are both rooted in the principle of gender equality.

What is the connection between gender equality and sustainability you ask? Sustainable development is reliant on a discrimination-free society. This goal will be achieved through ensuring equal access to resources and rights to all groups. Development and interventions ought to be customized to reach all regardless of their intersectionality. This will give both men and women equal chances to developenr and economic advancement.

For instance, studies show that 773 million adults are illiterate, with most of them being women. How are both boys and girls expected to thrive in a homogenous economy if resources, privileges, and rights are distributed unequally in discrimination against women? How will a woman pursue her dream career if she is constantly turned down because it is “
a men-only kind of job?’ 

Gender equality, therefore, matters because it has a direct and profound impact on the lives of girls and women. By ensuring that women have the same opportunities as men, they can live their lives to the fullest.

In celebration of International women’s day 2022, we stand with the whole world in advocating for breaking the biases! Women’s rights and sustainability go hand-in-hand because, without one, the other won’t be there.