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LOUD WHISPERS: Our Girls Now Wear Spanx To School

LOUD WHISPERS: Our Girls Now Wear Spanx To School

  In honour of Michale Matthew Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi   Our girls now wear Spanx to school Not one, but two, even three pairs of Spanx It is not that they are fat Their tummies are still flat Chinua Achebe told us that ever since men learnt to shoot without missing Eneke the bird learnt how […]

No More Sanitary Pads To School Girls?

No More Sanitary Pads To School Girls?

Government has backtracked on its earlier pledge to provide sanitary pads to school going girls so that they do no run out of school when their menstrual periods start. While appearing before the Parliament’s Education Committee on Tuesday, Ms Janet Museveni the education minister revealed that this is not possible because the ministry does not […]

At A Kenyan Refugee Camp, Girls Learn To Beat The Odds

At A Kenyan Refugee Camp, Girls Learn To Beat The Odds

On the first day of term at a secondary school in the desert of northern Kenya, Esther Nyakong, the head girl, leads her fellow pupils in assembly prayers in the yard. It is 7:15 am, and everyone has already been in class for more than two hours. “I don’t need to remind you this is […]

Kenyan Girls Get On Their Bikes In Pursuit Of An Education

Kenyan Girls Get On Their Bikes In Pursuit Of An Education

Jacqueline Nasimiyu used to wake in the early hours and, after making breakfast and fetching water, she would trek down valleys, push through bushes and wiggle under barbed wire fences to cover the 6km to Mahanga K secondary school in western Kenya. There were no school buses and no paved roads around her village of […]

The Ni Nyampinga role models inspiring girls in Rwanda

The Ni Nyampinga role models inspiring girls in Rwanda

Nearly five years ago Girl Effect launched multi-platform youth brand Ni Nyampinga for girls in Rwanda. Since then it has empowered girls to create content for their peers that challenges perceptions of girls’ value in society. So far, 71 per cent of the girls reached by Ni Nyampinga say it has boosted their self-worth and […]