In Kenya, as in many countries, adolescent girls are at risk of experiencing life-changing violations, including forced early marriage, sexual and gender-based violence, unplanned pregnancy, and female genital cutting.
Such pressures are insurmountable without knowledge of their bodies and rights; yet, there is no mandated menstrual and reproductive health education (MRHE) to deliver this critical help.
If girls cannot get answers to their questions about puberty, or the tools for decision-making, they cannot make informed decisions in social or sexual relationships. Compounding this challenge, 65% of girls in Kenya cannot regularly access sanitary pads to manage their periods.
Menstrual product deprivation has been directly linked to high-risk sexual activity which only further entrenches negative gender norms.
Adolescent girls in Kenya are also disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic, accounting for two thirds of new infections.
Simply put, adolescence can mean the end
of a Girl's potential.