This case study highlights the importance of a comprehensive response to preventing child marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in the context of Kuria, Kenya. It examines the complexity of addressing these issues, highlights successful approaches and shares key insights provided by Msichana Empowerment Kuria (MEK). Successful approaches include supporting girls to stay in school, supporting access to justice, empowering girls, engaging communities and building effective partnerships. These interventions have been made possible by strong partnerships between a number of community-based organisations (CBO) working together locally against both child marriage and FGM/C.
This case study should inspire others and contribute to debate and learning between Girls Not Brides member organisations.
It also highlights the importance of long-term funding for CBOs to support social change, as they understand best the local context and the needs of the girls they serve.
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