THE GIRLS: Agnes Pareyio

Pareyio herself was circumcised and married off at the age of 14. This experience strengthened her conviction against the tradition and moved her to advocate for girls' education. Her work at the center led to the dissolution of her marriage and disapproval and disdain from community members adamant on preserving their tradition. However, Pareyio is gaining more and more local supporters as societal views toward FGM and early marriage gradually change.
Agnes Pareyio, Founder, Tasaru Safehouse

Pareyio herself was circumcised and married off at the age of 14. This experience strengthened her conviction against the tradition and moved her to advocate for girls' education. Her work at the center led to the dissolution of her marriage and disapproval and disdain from community members adamant on preserving their tradition. However, Pareyio is gaining more and more local supporters as societal views toward FGM and early marriage gradually change.