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Gender Links Kenya

Gender Links Kenya

Gender Links Kenya (GLK) is a women-led nonprofit organization in Kenya, dedicated to combating discrimination against women and girls through advocacy, education, and economic empowerment. GLK works to address harmful practices which create vulnerabilities for girls by advocating for their rights, promoting their ability to lead, and enabling them to use their voices to tell their stories. Most recently, GLK organized and coordinated a march to raise awareness about the rising rates of femicide in Kenya. 

Girls in Kenya face significant challenges, particularly in the North Rift region where GLK operates. These barriers include face financial constraints and entrenched sociocultural norms, which discourage or prevent them from attending school. GLK aims to dismantle these barriers by providing girls with support and education opportunities. 

The Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund will support GLK’s “VivaGirls” project. The project will empower girls through education, life skills programming, and mentorship. Specifically, GLK will provide scholarships to vulnerable girls and offer camps to teach girls about topics such as  menstrual hygiene and reproductive health. The organization will also distribute menstrual hygiene kits and work with schools to implement culturally-sensitive campaigns on these topics in communities across the North Rift region. Additionally, GLK will offer educational sessions focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to encourage girls to pursue careers where they are traditionally underrepresented.

GLK expects to reach 200 girls directly through the VivaGirls project. The organization also aims to reach approximately 1,000 community members, including parents, guardians, mentors, and local leaders through its advocacy efforts. Through an intersectional approach, GLK hopes to foster greater support for girls’ education, ultimately shifting social norms that prevent girls from reaching their full potential. 

To learn more about Gender Links Kenya, please visit the organization’s website and social media channels: 

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