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More about Breaking the Silence Using Football

Breaking the Silence on FGM and Early marriage through football is an innovative project that uses the power of sport to create a safe space for girls in Northern Kenya. In Marsabit where the project is based girls and women have no voice or choice. They cannot be seen seen or heard and the culture is so deeply rooted that even talking about the issues that affect women and girls is a taboo. Female Genital Mutilation, Early forced marriages, beading, girls dropping out of schools are some of the major challenges girls have to deal with on daily basis. In our organization HODI we use football for social change and with the girls we are using it to help break the silence on the issues that affect them where the practices are still at 100%. In itself use of football is a statement where girls are not allowed to participate in sports and football is a powerful tool to say NO to restrictions on girls in Marsabit. HODI uses football to create a safe space for the girls where they can discuss some of the issues away from the elders and community. The sessions are used to help the girls have a voice and a choice in life and armed with facts be in a position to make an informed choice.

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