The Girl Child- Big Sister Programme
Indigenous Information Networks has the issues affecting the girl child at heart. The organization is involved in several projects to support the girl child. First, we sensitize the nomadic parents on the importance of educating the girl child. We recognize that when we educate a woman, we have educated the whole community. We have been involved in training the girl child to sensitize them on many aspects that affects the girl child.
Millions of girls and thousands of the indigenous young women and men are coerced into unwanted sex or marriage putting them at risk of unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, and dangerous childbirth. Adolescent boys are also are at risk, as well. Among the pastoralist communities, the young girls based on the cultural practices, face a lot of challenges like forced and early marriages, FGM issues and ignorance or lack of the right information especially in schools on sexual and reproductive rights and health. With the strong support of the Kenya’s constitution and the recognition of international convention, adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health must be supported.
We also believe that we get rid of poverty of the mind. This helps to eliminate the undesirable element of early marriages and forced marriages. Educating the Girl gives her the power to say YES and NO to negative cultural practices and helps her raise her voice on any form of Violence.
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