Kenya Child Protection
Recommended Price $300
In many cultures, female genital mutilation (FGM) symbolizes the transition from girlhood to womanhood and is a valued traditional practice. But it has devastating physical and psychological effects on girls, some short-term and some lifelong. An estimated 200 million women...More Details
In many cultures, female genital mutilation (FGM) symbolizes the transition from girlhood to womanhood and is a valued traditional practice. But it has devastating physical and psychological effects on girls, some short-term and some lifelong. An estimated 200 million women and girls alive today have been subjected to FGM. This harmful practice can hold dangerous implications for a girls’ marriage, health, education, and future work.
Why it’s happening In Kenya, FGM—which girls undergo just before or after puberty—is a direct precursor to child marriage. Often, girls aren’t considered eligible for marriage until they’ve been cut, and families see marriage as the only way for their daughters to have a financially stable future. A bride price paid to parents by a girl’s husband can mean a great deal to a family in extreme poverty. Although significant progress has been made toward ending child marriage globally, about 650 million of the world’s girls and women were married before their 18th birthday. Both FGM and child marriage hold girls back from an education—reducing enrollment rates and increasing dropout and illiteracy rates. This prevents them from realizing their dreams and potential, and from contributing their gifts to improve their families and communities.
WORLD VISION’S RESPONSE
Whether combating violence in the home, child labor or sex trafficking, child marriage, or other atrocities against children, our approach is built on four rings of responsibility:
- EMPOWER CHILDREN with knowledge of their rights and practical skills to protect themselves and one another.
- STRENGTHEN FAMILIES with parenting skills and social and economic support so they can function as a first line of protection.
- MOBILIZE FAITH LEADERS to leverage their influence in the service of protecting children.
- INFLUENCE GOVERNMENTS by working with local agencies to improve or implement child protection laws.
Your generosity would support these four rings of responsibility to help build the systems that protect children from experiencing gender-based violence such as FGM and child marriage. When protected, girls and boys are allowed to dream of a future filled with choices and opportunities.
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