A UNESCO report estimates that 1 in 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their period. This can equal as much as 20% of the school year. Some girls drop out of school completely when they start menstruating.
Girls miss school because they lack sanitary products and face restrictive beliefs and attitudes, such as that they are unclean during their periods. The church often perpetuates these harmful ideas.
When Girls are Educated, Everything Changes
Educated girls have more resilience and confidence to shape their own lives and . . .
How You Can Help
CBE’s local ministry partners in Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe are breaking down barriers that keep girls from learning and achieving their dreams. Together with CBE, you can stand with them to:
From girls at a youth program in Uganda:
"I used cloths that I cut from my old T-shirts to keep blood from staining my dresses, but they were not enough and blood would still stain my clothes. Boys sometimes laughed at me and I ended up staying home whenever my periods started, which caused me to miss a lot in class."
“When my stepmother gave birth to a boy, our father treated us (girls) as nothing. Our stepbrother’s tuition and supplies came first. So I hated being a girl because I saw myself as of no value and sometimes I didn’t want to go home after school. But the message you taught us about women’s value as equal has changed my attitude. I have started believing in myself, as I learned that God created both male and female as equals.”
CBE’s ministry partners help girls stay in school. Here’s how you can join them:
CBE acts where humanitarian work and Christian belief intersect. Beside NGOs around the world, CBE understands that gender equality—empowering women and men to share authority and responsibility for their families and communities—spurs economic and social development and improves the quality of life for everyone. Yet gender equality is not attainable without addressing underlying cultural and faith-based beliefs that devalue and disempower women and girls, and make them vulnerable to abuse.
One of the most pervasive obstacles is the church. Through an inconsistent reading of the Bible, many faith leaders uphold male authority as God’s ideal. As authoritative voices and social gatekeepers, they protect the status quo. Too often church leaders tolerate abuse and discrimination in the name of God, based on a few mistranslated and misinterpreted Bible verses.
CBE collaborates with church and NGO leaders in Africa who have a track record of challenging gender-based violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation, and other injustices suffered by women. CBE is expanding outreach beside pastors in Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. In fact, CBE invests over $50,000 and countless staff hours in these vital programs each year. But we need your help—please support this transformative work with a generous contribution toward books, scholarships, and general ministry needs.