Facing racism and gender discrimination in Kenya: Part one
I never once imagined that I would ever face racism in my years of life especially in my own country. I always thought that we are an independent country and racism is a thing of the past. No one ever told me that I would be discriminated against because I was young and I was female. And never in my wildest dream did I ever see myself in that situation. But I did. And this is my story.
Mid last year, roughly around May, I applied for a job. As a student then, I knew my chances of getting the job were very slim because they required academic certificates and since I had not graduated, I did not have any University certificates to show. Every memory is still fresh so I will narrate the way it happened.
On 29th May, as I was going through my emails I saw the email from AmoebaX (which is the name of the company) and the email said that I had passed the cognitive test and they would interview me on the 2nd of June at 15:00 at Adlife Plaza, Kilimani.
I was so excited. One because I had passed the test and had gotten the interview. And two because from their profile, I knew I wanted the job and being brought up by parents who know lot’s about farming, I knew it was an industry I wanted to venture into. I had three days to prepare since getting the job meant a lot to me. I remember consulting a lot of people on how I would respond to various questions. On the following morning, I got a second email confirming another interview for 09:00 on the 2nd of June.
I wrote back an email asking about it knowing that it would be a mistake since I had a class on 2nd of June at 8am. So, they replied saying that I had taken the cognitive test twice. I replied and asked when I would take the interview. This guy replied with ” If you take 2 times, you cannot proceed next step”. Those were the actual words. At this time I was wondering why I could not take the interview yet they said I had passed on both occasions. I guess I had submitted twice but I was not convinced why I could not take the interview.
At the bottom of the email, there was an address with a phone number inclusive. So I decided to call them because the email was like a back and forth thing which was draining my patience. A guy with an Asian accent, probably a Japanese answered my call. After I identified who I was, he said some things which I did not expect and which left me mad, hurt and broken.
He calmly as if not minding what he was saying said ,”…
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