Girls for Leaders Club
Increasing Opportunity for Education for girls in Rural Areas through improving access to information and services of SRHR and campaigns to end Female Genital Mutilation.
Improving access to reproductive health for young girls has remained a huge challenge in Baringo, Nakuru and Kajiado County and in the entire nation. In particular, sexual reproductive health (SRH) is needed in this area because: Marginalized women and girls lack empowerment and are poorly educated, which reduces their access to health services. There are low levels of infrastructure and many negative cultural health practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM). Many women and teenage girls are denied decision making roles regarding their health and family size. The PRB indicates that unmet need for family planning in Kenya is 25% overall, but much higher in rural areas.
We work with 38 schools in 3 counties on:
End Female Genital Mutilation
FGM has been recognized as a violation of the rights of women and girls by several international and regional human rights instruments. The Sustainable Development Goals include a specific target to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and FGM/C, by the year 2030.
What are the implications of lack of education and FGM? 2 out of 10 girls (15%) aged 15-19 years in Baringo County have undergone FGM and have began childbearing, teenage pregnancies often result from low use of contraceptives and unmet need for contraceptives.
Empowering young people is crucial, we work with female survivors who have a powerful voice and play a central role. We work with women who used to do the Circumcision as champions to end FGM. We work with youth through Sport and edu-tainment to reach and engage young people in a fun way.
In our communities in Baringo County, there is a close relationship between FGM and poverty and one of the most effective way that we have used to educate our communities to end this retrogressive culture is through the engagement of Boys and men through Boys for Change program. We work with all the 35 schools and 30 villages to raise awareness through dialogues, sports, forums and radio shows on the effects of FGM on women and the community.
Sexual Reproductive Health Education in Schools
Education is an important determinant for sexual and reproductive health particularly among girls. Girls who complete secondary and higher education have better sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Whilst Baringo County and Rongai Sub County is doing well on primary school enrollment at 85%, less than half (45%) of children in the official secondary school-age are enrolled in secondary school. In Baringo County only 8% of currently married girls aged 15 – 19 use modern contraceptives according to (KDHS 2014). This is mainly due to lack of accessibility, lack of information and poor infrastructure.
We conduct weekly workshops in 35 schools to build the capacities for girls to improve performance of girls from underserved communities in rural areas, understand their sexual reproductive health rights and reporting systems of abuses including rape and all forms of gender based violence. We provide Sanitary Pads to over 2500 girls every year and provide solar lamps to 3000 students to improve studies at home because most of these children do not have access to electricity.
Through our Youth Peer Provider program, youth peers go to schools to conduct debates, use our curriculum to train on SRHR and through our inhouse youth friendly nurse, students are able to access SRH services.
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