Our Challenges

Gender Based Violence

Every girl has a right to learn without fear of being hurt, teased, abused or bullied. Sadly, this is not a reality for millions of children around the world – especially the marginalized pastroal girls of North easter part of Kenya.

And it's a fact that between 500 million and 1.5 billion children experience violence every year, many in the institutions that we trust most to protect and nurture our children – schools. It's called school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV), which refers to acts of sexual, physical or psychological violence inflicted on the girl child in and around schools because of their culture and gender.

School related violence

School-related gender-based violence can come in a number of forms, including:

  • Sexual violence.
  • Bullying.
  • Early Marriage.
  • Physical and psychological violence.

Violence in school is a global issue

Our research has found that bullying, teasing, and physical and sexual violence is a major barrier to girls accessing their right to an education. The consequences of school-related gender-based violence can be long-lasting, and include issues with health (STDs, HIV infection, unwanted early pregnancy), psychological suffering, poor performance at school, absenteeism and high dropout rates.

Fear of gender-based violence from students and even teachers prevents girls from attending school and makes their parents more likely to remove them from school early. Studies have found that some girls are coerced into early marriages by their parents who even threaten to codemm them out of their lives if they do not cooperate.

How YOU can take action!

Every person has the right to live, and learn, without fear. This includes the pastoral girl child. Use your voice to tell everyone that ending violence is a priority!

Help us echo their voices by partnering with us through our various INUA Girls Campaign programs.

Take Action!