In Kenya, as in many countries, adolescent girls risk life-changing violations of their human rights including early marriage, sexual and gender-based violence, unintended 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) curriculum to deliver this critical help. If girls cannot get answers to questions about puberty, or the tools for decision-making, they cannot make decisions in relationships.  Compounding this challenge, 2 in 3 girls in Kenya cannot access sanitary pads. 

  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.

 Despite half reporting being sexually coerced,  95%  of girls  do not know  that rape, incest or coercion, are human rights violations

Despite half reporting being sexually coerced, 95% of girls do not know that rape, incest or coercion, are human rights violations

Consequently, 60% of Kenyan girls drop out of secondary school, 47% of teenage pregnancies are unintended, and girls' HIV prevalence is 4X that of boys. The inability to manage menstruation reliably, coupled with a lack of reproductive health education, causes nearly 1M+ Kenyan girls to miss up to 6 weeks of school annually and accounts for 10% of all teenage transactional sex.

 

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.