Stories from the ground
Sr. Caroline is empowering young girls to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with leadership skills she learned in SLDI
"I thought the leader is just, you lead and tell people what to do, but I came to be challenged by our leadership trainer, who said, you lead from the front, and you empower the people you are leading. That's something that got stuck in my mind, so when I got here, that's what I started now, giving to my staff members."
Sr. Caroline Kimani of the Societies of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary attended an SLDI Leadership workshop. She says, "I was very happy and privileged to attend this course in May, because there were so many things I did not know. I thought the leader is just, you lead and tell people what to do, but I came to be challenged by our leadership trainer, who said, you lead from the front, and you empower the people you are leading. That's something that got stuck in my mind, so when I got here, that's what I started now, giving to my staff members."
27% of Kenyan women and girls undergo Female Genital Mutilation.
FGM comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls.
86% of Kenyan women and girls think FGM should end.
Sr. Caroline works as the Directress of the the Marie Adelaide Girls Rescue Center, which provides up to 24 at-risk girls with a safe shelter, food, counseling and the opportunity to attend a neighboring primary school, so they may have an alternative for a better future.
Sr. Caroline comments that at the end of this very painful ritual, the girl's self esteem goes very low and she feels vicitimized by society.
She says, "...my future for these girls is to see them very empowered women who fight for the rights of others, and who are able to fight for their own rights." By doing this, she says, that the young girls will be empowered to say no to FGM.
"The Sustainable Development Goals contain a specific target calling for an end to FGM. When this practice is fully abandoned, positive effects will reverberate across societies as girls and women reclaim their health, human rights and vast potential." — UN Secretary-General
Read more about FGM on the UN website
This project is directly addressing UN Sustainable Development Goal(s):Sr. Caroline Kimani, SLDI Alumna, Leadership Track
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