Eradicating harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage is critical to ensure the girl child does not get left behind in development. Photo: Pierre Holtz_UNICEF/Flickr

AFIDEP will be participating at the national launch of the 2016 State of World Population Report in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) and other partners in the population and development field.

The report which focuses on the girl child at 10, calls upon the global community to rally investments in various dimensions of a girl’s life such as education, sexual and reproductive health in order to ensure that the girl achieves her full potential. Specifically, Kenya is focusing on eradicating harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage in order to ensure the girl child does not get left behind in development.

Violet Murunga, a Senior Knowledge Translation Officer at AFIDEP, will be making a presentation on what opportunities exist for Kenya to eradicate these harmful practices that affect the health and wellbeing of adolescents, with special focus on the 10-year-old girl. Development experts argue that investing in the girl child at this critical age will ensure that Kenya is on course to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and Vision 2030.

It is expected that the launch which will take place on 1st November 2016 at the Silver Springs Hotel in Nairobi, will be officiated by the Cabinet Secretary Devolution and Planning, Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri. Other expected guests include the Principal Secretary State Department of Planning and Statistics, Mr. Saitoti Torome, representatives from development agencies, civil society and the media. You can join the conversation on Twitter #GirlAt10.

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