In Kenya, as in many places around the world, a girls’ journey into adolescence is a challenging time. She faces significant pressures and has pressing concerns and questions.
In addition, she has little to no understanding of her body and rights.
1 in 4 girls do not know that they can get pregnant once starting their periods.
Despite half reporting being sexually coerced, 95% of girls do not know that rape, incest or coercion, are human rights violations
And when she starts her period, she will likely be part of the1 million girls in Kenya who cannot go to school because she lacks access to sanitary pads and corresponding reproductive health education.
This combination leaves her susceptible to diseases, unplanned pregnancies, forced early marriage, or female circumcision, which ultimately can cause her to drop out of school.
Simply put, adolescence can mean the end of her education and the potential for her full participation in society.
Young adolescent girls do not receive the support and education they need to make healthy, informed decisions about their bodies and their lives.