President Obama spent his weekend in Nairobi, Kenya. It has been an exciting couple of days, mostly because of the Global Enterpreneurship summit 2015 which was being held here and simply because we could not believe that Obama was here! The atmosphere was on high security, closed roads and excitement in the air. Truly i wasnt expecting to be very bothered by his presence here, however, that quickly changed.
How affirmation on various issues took the lead in his visit, touching on corruption (and how to end it!) gay rights, women and most relevant for me GIRL CHILD EDUCATION. In one of the forums where he had a session with representatives, one of the girls there called Linet spoke of her future dreams to be a cardiologist. She explained the story of her close friend who underwent FGM and thereafter got married off. She is from the Masaai community. Was devastating to her that her friend is now 15 years old with TWO children and yes it is 2015 in Kenya as well.
Thank you for affirming the important issue that the girls in marginalised communities are not getting education which is a human right.
ps. Linet didnt have any dreams before being rescued from early marriage, educated and given the ability to dream.