Gender inequalities in Kenya mean adolescent girls are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, to promote the elimination of FGM, a coordinated effort engaging whole communities which focus on human rights, gender equality and removing barriers to education, is one of the best ways to reduce FGM. Families do not recognise education as a right, nor its value, particularly for girls. Students are unaware of their rights and legal protections, leaving them vulnerable to harmful norms including FGM and early marriage.
A primary focus of Aidlink is to adopt this approach, protect and promote the rights of all, and ensure a healthier and more equitable world. We work with the most marginalised communities to ensure they have access to education. By building communities’ resilience, capabilities and capacity to support girls and reducing social, cultural and environmental barriers to education, more girls will attend school, learn and thrive.