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Friends 16-year-old Simon Abigail (left) and Precious Luka, 15 (right) standing outside their girls' club in the school playground in Kaduna state, Nigeria

Why we won’t shut up about girls' rights

Posted in Blogs 4 years 5 months ago

Ahead of tomorrow's International Day of the Girl we've just heard the incredible news that inspirational schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 for her campaigning work on education and child rights. This makes her the youngest ever winner of the prize. It's a brilliant achievement and fantastic recognition that the world is paying attention to the voices of girls. 

Girls in Kenya use song and dance to send an anti-FGM message

“I often think of suicide”. This is the final line from a young girl whose story was sent to me this week. This girl is 16 years old and from Ghana. She was forced to undergo female genital mutilation as a small child and was told that having her genitals mutilated would make her attractive to potential husbands and ensure she was faithful to him. 

10-year-old Kembi on her way to work on Mwakirunge Dumpsite in Mombasa, Kenya

Beyoncé puts it so boldly – “Who run the world? Girls.” It’s a great vision. But we also have to consider some facts. The majority of the world’s poorest people are women. One in three women globally will experience violence in their lifetime simply because they are women. This has to change.