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HEADS IN THE SAND: BEATING THE ODDS FOR THE GIRL CHILD

Recently I carried out an end of project evaluation on ‘stop violence against girls (SVAGS) project’. The project has been using a combination of advocacy, community-based initiatives and research to understand and address the root causes and consequences of violence against girls and its impact on their enjoyment of their rights to education. Surprisingly even in the 21st century the challenges that faces the girl-child are enormous: violence from school with teachers, family members and peers; they are abused physically and sexually, early marriages; late and low school enrolment; female genital mutilation and school dropout. The girls are seen as domestic workers: fetching water where the river is 2 km, cooking, fetching fire wood, washing and other duties.

The society has buried its head in the sand on the girl child issues. The community infringes the rights of the girl-child through adherence to retrogressive cultural practices and customs that demean a woman and relegate her duties to the kitchen. Even when seeking for careers, the girl is discouraged from taking courses related to STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math) by the teachers, parents, community and the peers.

Several organizations like Actionaid international and others are working hard by initiating projects that address Violence against Girls in School (VAGS) in the country. The campaign is a noble course that has seen some girls in many parts of Kenya finish their high school and join colleges. Through such initiatives we will experience a ripple effect. I support initiatives that strive to make substantial progress in attaining gender parity in education. My vision is to engage with like-minded people in different platforms like in World Pulse to continue fighting for the right of the girl-child

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Dear Ayunnie,

I commend you for the work and your support of the many initiatives that are working towards equal access to education for all. Your piece made me reflect even deeper on the enormous challenges girls face to access education, but at the same time inspired to know people like you and also all those in the World Pulse community and beyond that are fighting for "the right of the girl-child" and working towards changing the disparity in access to education.

I look forward to hearing more from you!!!!

Isabel

Isabel

Ayunnie's picture

Encouraging word

Hi Isabel
Thank you so much for finding time to read my pieces of work and giving giving encouraging words. The fight on girl-child issues continue

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

CMedansky's picture

Positive Ripple Effect

WOW! It is so inspiring to hear about your work that supports women leadership and girls’ education. I am so happy that you are connected to the community of World Pulse, sharing facts about the enormous challenges girls face to accessing an education and the substantial progress being made to overcome them. Really looking forward to hearing more from you!

Ayunnie's picture

The Ripple Effect

Hi Crystlle
Thank you for the positive remarks. I feel encouraged to read your comments and to learn from each other through World Pulse. Aluta Continua on women issues until we get there!

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

JaniceW's picture

Violence against Girls

It's so upsetting to me that girls are not safe in the places where they have so much trust i.e. the schools. I am thankful for your programs that help educate them of how to remain safe and how to say no. In helping the girls stay in school and receive an education, you are also creating a generation of women who will in turn educate their daughters and sons to be respectful of each other. This is the greatest benefit of the ripple effect as without men changing their mindset, the challenge will always be there for the women and girls.

Keep up the great work.

Ayunnie's picture

Keeping up the momentum

Thank you Janice, we will keep on addressing the injustices carried out to the girl-child until we get there!

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

J écoute's picture

Very sad, shameful, and

Very sad, shameful, and appalling that in the 21st century we are still fighting for equality. Let's grow in numbers so that it is impossible not to hear us and pay attention and move to take action to rectify the injustices perpetuated against girls and women. Thank you for sharing and helping to change the tide.

J écoute

Ayunnie's picture

Changing the Tide

Hi J écoute,
Thank you for sparing your time to read my write-up, I feel encouraged. Yes in solidarity we will end injustices to the girl-child. Aluta continua.

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

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