Education for women and girls of all duty. "Passy my daughter, when did you get married? You grew, it is true that you studied but a girl without a husband has no value in our community, to be respected you have to get married "keep saying every day my mom, she is convinced that to be respected in our society it is necessary to be married. Two of my sisters are married and have three children each of them. For my mom it’ is inconceivable that I'm not getting married, she made every day, I always said that I want to start working before to get married, marriage is not a priority for me unfortunately she does not agree. Like my mom, most of the people of North Kivu in eastern prefer marriage instead of education. already at the young ages, parents discriminate against girls and promote the education of boys. For many parents: "Man must be educated because he has to work to support his wife, but a woman can not study, her husband was called to take charge and take care of her needs "which reinforces women's dependence before their husbands, This promotes the violation of women's rights, Most families are poor, girls are less favored than men in their education, it creates a total imbalance for Congolese girls who already see their futures disoriented. Time that girls should go to school is offset by their precipitation early marriages. Despite the many difficulties and prejudices made against women, those who give to education over marriage are considered to have lost the reason for rejecting the Congolese culture a woman who claims to be of value must marry . Already 25 years old , if girls are still at home, she is considerate like KESHENI or SHANGAZI its mean in the local Swahili language in Congo that the girl are still home she is old. Already in the community, women to be happy, must necessarily be married. Their role is limited only to care for their husbands and children while remaining totally dependent on it. In my community, I have seen many girls lack of opportunity to study were forced to marry The situation in North Kivu in eastern DRC has increased poverty in which families live in Congo, it also pushes many girls drop out of school because their parents were not able to pay school fees for education of their children. The consequences are many, many girls engaged in prostitution unintentionally and girls are exposed to unwanted fat. Once pregnant, the girls can not study during their life because schools do not admit girls who have given birth. For these girls it is a beginning of an ordeal, they are rejected by their families, and even the community. These girls are several criticisms and prejudices in my community. My vision is that one day the girls in my community especially in villages understand that education is the basis of the independence of women, they must necessarily study to remain independent in their company The solution is to educate parents on this issue there. I intend to open a trades training center for teenage mothers who have lost the chances of access to education in the Congolese community. In facilitating their education learning these trades they will be able to take care of themselves and this remained they independent in our community.
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