#16Voices, #16Stories DAY 1: Leave While You Can; The story of Wanja Ngiri (Agnetta Robinson), a domestic violence survivor from Kenya

It's DAY 1 of the #16Voices, #16Stories from around the globe for the #16DaysOfActivism Against Gender Based Violence.  

On 25th Day of November each year, the world marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the beginning of 16 Days Of Activism against gender based violence campaign. This year marks 25 years of the campaign whose purpose is to increase international awareness on the systemic nature of violence against women and to expose this violence as a violation of women's human rights. UNWOMEN estimates that 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence - mostly from an intimate partner. 

In this spirit, IAMGOAL5 will be featuring stories from 16 people from a cross-section of people from around the world, from survivors of different forms of gender violence, policy makes, human rights defenders fighting to end gender based violence and government officials as well.

#16Voices for #16DaysOfActivism against gender based violence. 

 'Leave while you can' says Wanja Ngiri who left an abusive toxic relationship and has now embarked on a new path, with a baby on the way, after having put all that behind her. 

'Leave while you can' says Wanja Ngiri who left an abusive toxic relationship and has now embarked on a new path, with a baby on the way, after having put all that behind her. 

She is the premier events and party planner as well as lifestyle consultant in the busy town Nanyuki in Kenya; and having to be warm and open comes naturally to her being in the hospitality Industry. She buzzes from end to end with her beautiful smile doing what she loves best, being a lifestyle consultant and running her events business as well as blogging on fashion and travel.

But all is not what it seems at first glance, her smile is something that she has had to acquire back after having been robbed of it while in an abusive domestic relationship with her-then-fiance almost two years ago. She has come a long way since deciding to get out that toxic abusive relationship, a decision she has lived by very happily ever after, but was not an easy one. 

She has shared her story with the Daily Nation and Stories of Courage which you can read here and here. I asked her; 

What is your advice to women who want to break away from the cycle of domestic abuse?

"I would tell them not to be afraid of leaving for the fear of what the society will say about them. Also, anyone who hits you the first time will do it again, do not believe their emotional blackmail. Leave while you can."