With your support, we have been able to empower and educate girls for almost 10 years. As 2018 winds down, we continue to celebrate our girls and all of their accomplishments over the past year. In fact, recently we celebrated them at our 7th Annual International Day of the Girl event.
Participants marched together through the streets of Enoosaen in a parade to raise awareness about the challenges girls face, and to demand better opportunities and conditions for girls in Kenya and around the world.
We know that many of the 1.1 billion girls of today’s world face a variety of obstacles that thwart their education, training, and entry into the workforce. Some of the biggest barriers both for our girls, and for others around the world, include FGM, early marriage, and pregnancy. This year, it is estimated that 12 million girls under 18 will be married, and 21 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19, and 2.5 million girls under the age of 16 years will give birth in developing countries.
Though these obstacles can seem daunting at times, we know that when girls are given the resources and support they need to stay in school and out of early marriages, they persist, and they thrive. At Kakenya’s Dream, our girls are raising their voices against gender inequality, injustice, and violence, and demanding that their rights be respected by all.
At the celebration, girls were asked to write a commitment to themselves and their future by finishing the sentence “If you invest in me, I will…” Likewise, parents, teachers, and community members were also asked to make promises to invest in and improve opportunities for the girls.
By the end of the day, hundreds of pledges and commitments were made both by the girls and other event attendees. Now, we must hold each other accountable to these promises to invest in girls and create opportunities and bright futures for them, and, by extension, their families, communities, and our world.
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