Empower Women to Fight HIV and End FGM in Kenya

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org. Vetted since 2008 Site Visit Verified


Breaking the Silence trains Indigenous Samburu women and girls to understand and prevent HIV/AIDS and end the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), also called "female circumcision".

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All over Africa, women and girls are contracting HIV/AIDS faster than any other group. A 2005 UNAIDS report revealed that two-thirds of young women (aged 15-24 years) in 24 sub-Saharan countries lack knowledge of HIV transmission, and how it relates to their own lives. Practices like FGM increase a women’s risk of HIV infection even further. MADRE and our partners at IIN and Umoja Uaso Women’s Group are training young women in and around Umoja, Kenya to identify and resist high-risk behavior.


With your help, young women will learn to demystify and destigmatize HIV/AIDS and FGM—breaking the silence that is killing women and girls—through workshops that relate modes of transmission to their own lives.

Long-Term Impact

Lower rates of HIV infection among women and reduce the number of FGM cases in rural Samburu communities; and increase pressure on Kenyan public health officials to offer access to sexual and reproductive health services to Indigenous Kenyan women.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


MADRE Programs in Kenya
Country Overview: Kenya
MADRE Partners in Kenya
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Organization Information

MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.MADRE.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @madrespeaks
Project Leader:
Vivian Stromberg
Executive Director
New York, NY United States

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Thanks to 17 donors like you, a total of $1,005 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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