Photography By: Olive Ndungutse
It has always been a dream of mine to see women succeed and this can only be achieved when we as a Global Community invest in empowering our girls and advocating for the protection of their rights.
In August 2013, Kenyans watched an emotive feature called Period of Shame on Citizen Television.The Feature highlighted the plight of School Girls who miss many days of learning every month whenever they are on their Period and also result to using rags, chicken feathers and other harmful materials because they have no access to sanitary towels.
Public outcry following the Feature was immediate – something urgent needed to be done to assist the Girls.
As a result I founded Inua Dada in October, 2013 to not only address the issue of lack of Sanitary Towels but also other barriers like Child Marriage that hinder Girls from attending and completing school.
Endorsed by the First Lady of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, Inua Dada which is a National Foundation Trust registered in Kenya, works collaboratively with Partners to influence Policy as well as advocate for the Protection of Rights of the Girl Child.
Inua Dada envisions a Global Community that Empowers, Uplifts and Protects The Rights of Every Girl Child.
At Inua Dada we believe that Every Girl Matters and that Together we can work to ensure that not only Girls but all Children are having their basic needs fulfilled (access to education, adequate health care, food, clothing, shelter and a basic standard of living) so that they can be able to focus on learning and have an opportunity to enjoy their childhood.
Inua Dada Notable Achievements
- First Lady Of Kenya Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta launches the Inua Dada Initiative Campaign in Baringo County on 7th November 2013. 10,000 Girls empowered.
- Partnership established with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kenya
- Inua Dada Minute – a campaign advocating for the rights of the Girl Child airs on Citizen Television for a consecutive 13 weeks and receives rave reviews from the Public.
- Hosted in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other notable Partners including UNICEF, Kenya the 1st National Event to commemorate the Day Of The Girl Child on 11th October 2014
- Participated at the Commemoration Event hosted by UNICEF, Kenya on 20th November 2014, to mark 25 Years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC@25)
- 25th November 2014, launched at Rusinga School, Kenya "Orange Your Neighbourhood Campaign" (#Orangeurhood) – 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (#GBV)
July 2015 – The Inua Dada Foundation in collaboration with Safaricom Women In Technology (WIT) has embarked on an App Challenge. This exciting ongoing activity seeks to empower girls in high school with the knowledge of building a mobile application that can be used to solve key issues facing girls in vulnerable communities. Keep it here for details!
Get Involved with Inua Dada – http://www.inuadadafoundation.org/get-involved/