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.   

  1  in  4  girls do not know that they can get pregnant once starting their periods.

1 in 4 girls do not know that they can get pregnant once starting their periods.

  95%  of girls  do not know  that rape, incest or coercion, are human rights violations.

95% of girls do not know that rape, incest or coercion, are human rights violations.

Without access to sanitary pads and MRHE education, Kenyan girls are at risk of joining the 60% who drop out of school each year.

Menstrual product deprivation has been directly linked to high-risk sexual activity which only further entrenches negative gender norms. In fact, 10% of all transactional sex among adolescent girls in Kenya is for sanitary pads.

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 education and the potential for her full participation in society. 

 
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Adolescent girls do not receive the support they need to make healthy, informed decisions about their bodies and their lives.

The good news is: we have a solution.