The kitchen should not be the only place for girls
The kitchen should not be the only place for girls

Kenya on Wednesday marked the International Day of the Girl Child with a rallying call to end their abuse and discrimination.

The 2017 International Day of the Girl whose theme was “Empower girls: Emergency response and resilience planning” was marked against a backdrop of myriad challenges facing this vulnerable demographic in Kenya.

Ademola Olajide, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Kenya, said adolescent girls are a valuable asset that should be harnessed to fuel socio-economic transformation in developing countries.

“Adolescent girls in the developing world are a huge, untapped resource, but they need special attention in order to live up to their full potential,” said Olajide.

“Discrimination, gender roles and reproductive health problems limit girls’ dreams and contribution to their communities,” he said.

Kenya’s ministry of public service, youth and gender affairs in conjunction with multilateral and corporate partners marked the day at Samburu Girls Foundation centre located in northwestern Kenya where female genital cut and early marriages are the norm.

UNFPA has partnered with Chinese technology giant, Huawei to install digital infrastructure at the facility in order to empower young girls in the nomadic Samburu community.

Adam Lane, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Chinese tech firm Huawei, said access to modern technology is key to transform the lives of Kenyan girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“There is no doubt girls from under-privileged backgrounds deserve access to technology that can empower them, inspire them and unleash new opportunities that can change their lives,” Lane said.

He revealed that Huawei has partnered with UNFPA to facilitate deployment of laptops and Internet routers to the Samburu Girls Foundation Centre.

Kenya has in the last two decades made significant progress in girls’ empowerment through enactment of sweeping legislation and policies.

The UNFPA Honorary Ambassador to Kenya Gina Din-Kariuki said progressive laws have ensured that adolescent girls are cushioned from early marriages, female cut and denial of basic rights like education and reproductive health services. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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