International Day of the Girl Child 2018

On 19th October 2018, stakeholders in Kenya came together in the sprawling Kibera Slum to officially mark the International Day of the Girl Child. The theme for the year was With her: A skilled work force. International Day of the Girl Child is usually observed on the 11 of October each year and is a day that is marked to highlight the challenges that girls face. It is a day which the stakeholders take stock of the progress in terms of advancement of rights and freedoms for the girl child.

Lucien Kouakou, Regional Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR) joined over five thousand girls and boys from primary schools around Kibera to commemorate this day. The joyous celebrations were held at Lutheran Church grounds, Kibera, Nairobi. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Kenya and Polycom Development Program were the key conveners of the event. Polycom Development Program is a community-based organization that works to end Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and empowers girls in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya.