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Early marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sexual abuse, gender bias in access to education and gender-based labour division are major challenges facing the girl child in Kenya. Despite concerted efforts by many actors in recent years to eradicate these challenges, they still persist, more so in rural Kenya. Strict adherence to age-old cultural practices has for years ensured that the future of the girl child is scripted by her parents and the society at large.

 

According to UNICEF 2017, 23% of girls are married before the age of 18. Many girls in rural Kenya are often perceived by their families as either an economic burden or valued as capital for their exchange in terms of goods, money and livestock. To justify these economic transactions, a combination of cultural, traditional and religious arguments are often employed. Education is a key driver, as 67% of women aged 20-24 with no education are married before the age of 18 compared to 6% of women with secondary or tertiary levels of education. Women living in rural areas are twice as likely to be married under age 18 than women living in urban areas[1].

 

The 2016 report by the National Gender and Equality Commission reveals that from 2010 to 2014 girls’ enrolment to Form 1 stood at an average of 268,841 while the boys’ number was 298,627.  The study further reveals that the dropout among the boys stood at 29,428, while that for girls was 30,576, giving respective survival rates of 89.4 per cent and 87.5 per cent. The male/female share of secondary students was not balanced in the five-year period of the study; while boys averaged a 53 per cent share, the girls’ share was 48 per cent. The same trend replicated itself in the technical institutions, between 2013 and 2015 the number of females enrolled was 60,575 while the number of their male counterparts stood at 89,867. Hence, this study conclusively shows that currently there is inequality in the access to education of the two genders.

 

When the pull of culture/tradition and the brunt of poverty are coupled together they eliminate the slim chances that the rural girl child has of becoming a scholar and an influential person in the society. Consequently, in a largely patriarchal community, the future or welfare of girls are easily sacrificed at the expense of amassing wealth in the form of bride price. One can only imagine how many dreams and aspirations have been smothered through the years seeing that rarely does any girl get to complete her Ordinary Level studies.

 

 In light of these greatly disturbing facts there is a clearly a need for a mind shift that will cause the society to realize that girls are also worthy of being given the liberty to chart their own paths in life. It should be understood that girls are capable of matching their male counterparts in being the drivers of change and development in the society. This can only be done if the less privileged girls are given the opportunity to get a decent formal education. While this cannot be pulled off overnight, rescuing one girl at a time will move us closer to achieving the vision. This campaign aims at providing access to secondary education and vocational training to girls who are underprivileged.  For the first phase of the campaign, we are targeting to take 10 girls through secondary education help 5 girls get vocational training. 

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