Screening and discussion of Fundamental Series Episode 4: "Girls at the Heart of it: Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Kenya"(LDW)

Join the Ithaca College Sexual Violence Prevention Committee for a virtual series to screen and discuss the Fundamental Series created by the Global Fund for Women. This series will allow students, faculty, staff, and community members the opportunity to reflect on the films, discuss how they relate to their own lives or communities, and think about the implications for any social movements they may be passionate about. To learn more about the film series, please visit the Fundamental Series website here. We will be screening the corresponding mini-episode at the start of each event (about 17 minutes) prior to having a discussion, and you are also welcome to watch them on your own prior to joining. A zoom link for the discussion will be sent to all registrants on the day of the session.

Girls at the Heart of it: Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Kenya: Nearly all studies show that comprehensive sexuality education decreases the risk of unintended pregnancy, HIV and other STIs, and sexual violence. Yet across Kenya and in many places around the world, community resistance and biases, political opposition, and lack of funding prevent young people from accessing their right to sexual and reproductive health information. The result is that more than 390,000 10-19 year olds become pregnant in Kenya annually, according to the most recent UNFPA data. Today, young Kenyan women and girls are taking their futures into their own hands. In “Girls at the Heart of It,” audiences follow two young women from Akili Dada, a women-led grassroots organization focused on empowering girls and young women ages 13-22 to become leaders in Kenya, including through sexual and reproductive health advocacy. Through high school- and university-level programs, teenage girls and young women at Akili Dada are building skills to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health and rights in their communities, and challenging norms and perceptions to help their peers take better control of their bodies and their futures. Alongside their stories, audiences meet Purity Kagwiria, Akili Dada’s Executive Director, whose own personal experiences have led her to a lifelong commitment to support women and girls in her community. Watch the episode trailer now.

Wednesday, June 10 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm


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