Theme: “The Power of the Adolescent Girl, Vision for 2030”

Daughters of Kenya is relenting not in seeking absolute freedom for girls entangled in social and cultural chains in our communities and society. Such chains as Child Marriage, Gender Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation among others try to steal and rob them of their confidence and dignity.We therefore hold fast to our transformative and empowerment agenda because every girl counts for family, community and societal development.

During the International Day of the Girl Child 2017, Daughters of Kenya celebrated with school going adolescent girls at Kibera slums in Nairobi County. The secretariat led by the Programme Manager, Nahashon Kipyego Cheboi , interacted with 45 school going girls. Empowerment talks were centred on self-determination and self-esteem. Besides, pieces of advice on responsible sexual behaviour formed critical part of the talks. Adolescence is a crucial yet vulnerable development stage for girls. They need guidance and mentorship lest they are torn apart by immense sexual and social encounters.

The girls expressed their experiences and challenges in and out of school. Daughters of Kenya got to learn about the challenges because they inform set programmes that are aimed at mitigating and responding to problems faced by girls in Kenya.

Later on, Daughters of Kenya handed over sanitary pads to the adolescent girls. Notably, lack of such items has perpetrated unhealthy behaviour among girls like prostitution. Further, many cases of school absenteeism and in some serious cases school drop out have been witnessed. The girls were also served with food and drinks to mark the day. In addition, Daughters of Kenya donated clothes to the girls.

Daughters of Kenya has sight beyond the Day and shall carry on the championship of the welfare of girls at all times in line with SDGs and Kenya’s Vision 2030. We are envisioned to building thriving communities that girls are equal partners in development with boys. These girls and boys grow to be responsible women and men over posterity. Striding on this pathway, gender equality and equity is inevitable!