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Girls attending a girl's club in Kenya

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Help educate girls and ensure they are aware of their rights

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Mary Omwanda Akach is a member of the Nyarongi women’s network and the Chairperson of their paralegal team

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Provide counselling and legal support to girls who have been sexually abused

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Josephine Charo, SMS Helpline, Sauti Ya Wanawake Magarini Women's Network, Kilifi County.

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Help a girl seek justice after she’s been subjected to sexual violence

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Period poverty puts girls at risk

One in 10 girls in Africa miss school when they have their period because they can’t access sanitary products. They worry their period will stain their uniform or they’ll be teased by other children. And without a safe, private toilet to use at school, girls feel insecure and uncomfortable going to the toilet during menstruation.

“Many families here are poor and these young girls lack money for even the most basic things like sanitary protection.”

Irene, Nyarongi, Kenya

When girls miss several days of school each month, they fall behind with their studies and are more likely to drop out completely. They then lack the skills and knowledge they need to get a good job, and the confidence to defend their rights. This puts them at greater risk of experiencing sexual violence, exploitation and abuse. 

Our Not This Girl appeal is supporting local women’s groups in Kenya. These groups are tackling period poverty in their communities and helping girls get access to sanitary towels in school.

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What is ActionAid doing to help girls facing sexual violence?

  • ActionAid supports local women’s groups and networks to prevent and respond to violence against girls and help get justice for sexual abuse.
  • These committed and courageous groups are especially trained to recognise signs of abuse, report it, help girls get back to school, and raise awareness within their community.
  • Women’s groups run community forums to build links with the police, paralegals, and children’s departments to better support girls surviving violence.
  • ActionAid sets up girls’ clubs — safe spaces for girls to share their experiences, learn about their rights and build the confidence to recognise and report violence.
  • ActionAid trains government officials, police, health workers and legal advisers how to best protect girls.

Joyce, 50 (picured below), is a volunteer paralegal for a women-led Access to Justice project in Kilifi, Kenya. She has two children and one grandchild. After being raped and becoming pregnant as a girl, she dropped out of school. Now Joyce helps rape survivors to report abuse to their local village chief and to the police, and takes them to hospital and follows their case through to prosecution.

When Joyce isn’t in the field helping girls, she’s running sessions to help women and girls understand their rights.

Telling Esther’s story

Esther and her family gave us full permission to share their story, but to protect Esther’s anonymity we have changed certain identifying details, and we have not used her photograph. 

The photograph accompanying her story at the top and bottom of this page is of a girl called Jenny who lives in a different part of Kenya. Jenny and her mother gave their full informed consent for us to take photos of her to be used in this way.

Read more about our Not This Girl appeal

The helpline getting justice for rape survivors

15 March 2018, Kiran Gupta

Find out how ActionAid’s innovative helpline is transforming the lives of girls in a slum in Kenya, and beyond.

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Growing up in Mukuru slum, Nairobi: in photos

13 March 2018, Sarah Murphy

Find out how ActionAid is working with local women’s groups to support girls living in extreme poverty and enable them to go to school.

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Behind the scenes: storytelling, transparency and child protection

7 March 2018, Helen Pattinson

Watch our behind the scenes video where we explain how we’re protecting the identity of young survivors of violence in our Not This Girl appeal.

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Page updated 25 May 2018