Mercy Chidi of Kenya and Fiona Sampson of The Equality Effect speak next @trustwomenconf #twconf12
Alison Smale, exec editor, IHT, introduces Mercy Chidi of Ripples International and Fiona Sampson of the Equality Effect.
Mercy Chidi of Ripples International shares stories of young girls being sexually abused by family members. Girls as young as three years old are being raped, she says. Girls are being abused by grandfathers and uncles who are supposed to be protecting them #twconf12
Mercy Chidi of #RipplesInternational spoke of the problems of culture in which a girl is named after her grandmother and therefore is considered his "wife" and subjected to the duties of a wife in that regard. Her organisation has rescued hundreds of girls who have had children as a result of rape by their grandfather or father. @trustwomenconf #twconf12
Mercy Chidi of #RipplesInternational says teachers in schools are discovering that girls are pregnant and since abortion is illegal, girls as young as 11 or 12 are having children. She tells a story of a 12-year-old girl who has had a child with her father. 'It's been devastating working with these girls,' she says. #twconf12
Mercy Chidi of Ripples International in Kenya said police not responsive to complaints of sexual abuse of children in general and often will not act until a young victim of rape gives birth, claiming they need to do a DNA test to determine the father. @trustwomenconf #twconf12
Chidi says youngest victim Ripples has rescued was 3 yrs old, oldest 16 yrs old. @trustwomenconf #twconf12