Women's Global Education Project

Women's Global Education Project was founded on the idea that everyone is entitled to an education, regardless of gender or economic status. We believe that universal education, gender equality and empowerment of women are critical to a society's development. Our mission is to provide access to education and develop training program that empower women and girls, particularly those in developing nations, to build better lives and foster equitable communities.
Feb 19, 2013

Check out photos from our recent trip to Kenya

200 girls took part in this year
200 girls took part in this year's ARP program

Last December, WGEP Executive Director Amy Maglio traveled to Tharaka, Kenya to participate in our annual Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP) program combating female genital mutilation. This year, 200 girls and their families took part in the ARP, publicly saying "No!" to genital cutting and supporting education and empowerment for girls.

The girls first spent a week in empowerment workshops centering on empowerment, leadership and the myths surrounding genital cutting. At the end of the week, the girls were joined by their families and members of the community for a celebratory gathering commemorating the girls' graduation from the ARP.

Amy also visited our WGEP Kenya scholars, visiting them in their schools as well as meeting with educators, parents and community residents

Check out some pictures below from Amy's trip!

At the ceremonial cutting, only a cake was cut!
At the ceremonial cutting, only a cake was cut!
WGEP Kenya scholars
WGEP Kenya scholars

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Feb 15, 2013

"The best students here are from our program!"

WGEP Senegal scholars
WGEP Senegal scholars

"Our program has generated a love of learning in girls who are asserting themselves more in the classroom and obtaining excellence," reports WGEP Senegal Project Coordinator Adji Senghor. "The best students in Sokone are from our program!" 

Thank you for supporting Women's Global Education Project in Senegal! Your support helps WGEP provide critical scholarships to 150 girls in rural Senegal, girls who otherwise would not have the chance to go to school. You are also helping us impact 3,000 of their family members, friends and neighbors, ensuring that entire communities are invested in the future of their girls.

We are making a difference--thank you for partnering with us!

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Jan 19, 2013

200 girls in rural Kenya say NO to genital cutting

Last December, WGEP Executive Director Amy Maglio traveled to Tharaka, Kenya, to be part of our annual Alternative Rite of Passage program, a community-led initiative to eradicate the practice of female genital cutting in the region.

This year, 200 girls aged 9-17 participated in the week-long program and, together with their families, publicly said "No!" to genital circumcision as a rite of passage for girls.

During the week, the girls took part in workshops led by both male and female community members on topics such as empowerment, interpersonal relationships and the myths surrounding genital cutting. They met with female role models, professional women now serving as bankers, principals and teachers who themselves rejected cutting as young girls.

At the end of the week, the program hosted a community gathering to celebrate the girls and their families. Regional and local government officials were among the guests, including the local magistrate, the regional director of Human Services, and the regional director of the Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Development. The girls performed uplifting skits and dances and participated in a ceremonial cutting--where only a cake was cut. 

According to the World Health Organization, about 140 million women worldwide are living with the consequences of genital mutilation, 92 million of them in Africa.

Besides the harmful physical and emotional effects of genital mutilation, the practice also encourages girls to drop out of school as it is used as a rite of passage into womanhood and to signify that a girl is ready for marriage. In Tharaka, girls as young as nine years old have undergone the practice. 

Thank you for supporting our work in Kenya to help fight female genital cutting. Your support is making a difference--our partners in Tharaka report significant progress in this fight over the past years as more and more girls, their families and their communities reject the practice. 

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