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Kenya’s Athletes Run Against Gender-Based Violence

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Athletes in Kenya participated in a 10km run in memory of long distance runner Agnes Tirop found dead at her home last October.

 

The race held on Sunday was also a way to throw a spotlight on gender-based violence and the pressures faced by women athletes.

 

A UN representative in the country, Dr. Ademola Olajide, said he is hopeful about a change in attitude.

“Unfortunately in the region past, we have had very negative news which regards with the athletics community as a consequence of gender-based violence. So we thought it was important using athletics which is one of the platforms that unite Kenyans as a platform to sensitize the community, to mobilize the athletes themselves, and to get everybody, men, women, young and old, to champion the cause of ending gender-based violence”, said the UN’s representative.

 

Long-distance running star Agnes Tirop was found dead at her home barely a month after she broke the world women-only record in the 10km category.

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