MADRE Statements

Educating Girls and Preventing Female Genital Mutilation

Posted on: Monday, February 24, 2014

Keywords: Kenya, Africa, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights

On February 6, the United Nations commemorated the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a harmful practice that endangers the health and well-being of millions of girls and young women around the world. This is a practice that MADRE’s sister organization in Kenya, the Indigenous Information Network (IIN), works hard to prevent through the school and shelter project we run together. With your support, this project provides refuge to young Kenyan girls from pastoralist communities who are escaping FGM and early marriage.

MADRE Program Director Natalia Caruso recently spoke with Lucy Mulenkei, the director of IIN, and she asked us to pass her gratitude on to you for supporting this important project. “We are able to provide the girls with education, counseling and trainings on women’s rights and reproductive and sexual health,” Lucy told us. “Your support helps provide an important and crucial alternative for young girls: a chance to complete their education. Thank you.”

With your continued support, IIN can strengthen their efforts to advocate for girls' education and put an end to FGM and forced early marriage.

Thank you for standing up for girls' education!


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