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Ending the Cycle of Violence

Ending the Cycle of Violence
Help us host our #IDG2014 Summit for 100 high school girls in Nairobi, Kenya!

In 10 days, we are joining the UN and hundreds of organizations around the world to celebrate the International Day of the Girl! We are hosting our very first #IDG2014 Summit by bringing together 100 high school girls in Nairobi, Kenya. This year, the official theme is Focusing on the Adolescent Girl : Ending the Cycle of Violence. Freely in Hope has been doing just that—by providing holistic educational opportunities for high school and university students we have been able to prevent sexual abuse and re-abuse, to provide counseling and health care for students who have undergone sexual violence, and to empower once vulnerable young women into dynamic leaders who are impacting their communities with their stories of transformation.

At our #IDG2014 Summit, students from numerous partnering organizations will come together to learn, grow, celebrate and brainstorm ways to end the cycle of violence in their communities. Freely in Hope university scholars will be speaking and leading discussion groups together with other survivors of sexual violence, health professionals, counselors, legal advocates and local celebrities.

Funds raised will help us to host a safe space for conversations on ending sexual violence, to provide on-sight information, counseling and resources and to implement holistic aftercare support for students who are survivors of sexual violence. We need your help to ensure that our goals are successful!

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ABOUT INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL:
In 2011, the UN declared October 11 to be the International Day of the Girl, focusing on supporting girls around the world living in violence, oppression and poverty. This year’s official theme is: Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence which fits perfectly within the mission and vision of Freely in Hope. This year, the UN is calling for governments and non-governmental organizations alike to move beyond awareness-raising by providing the support necessary to truly empower the girl child and end all forms of violence. Freely in Hope has been doing just that—in providing holistic educational opportunities for high school and university students, we have been able to prevent sexual abuse and re-abuse, to provide counseling and health care for students who have undergone sexual violence, and to empower once vulnerable young women into dynamic leaders who are impacting their communities with their stories of transformation.

ABOUT THE FREELY IN HOPE SUMMIT:
In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, Freely in Hope is hosting a one day summit for female students in High School. Our goal is to celebrate our stories as women—including survivors of sexual violence, counselors, health professionals, legal support and celebrities who are advocating for a violence-free Kenya.

GOALS:
•Bring 100 female high school students together to celebrate our stories as women
•Develop FIH scholars into leaders by having them participate in speaking, leading and coordinating the Summit
•Confront issues of sexual violence to encourage students to speak out against violence against women and girls
•Provide resources to students for health care, counseling, education, leadership development and advocacy
•Inspire students through stories of Kenyan women who have overcome trauma and are successful in their vocation
•Empower students to advocate for justice in their communities and break the cycle of violence
•Equip students with knowledge to encourage, educate and advocate for their peers
•Provide aftercare counseling, educational opportunities, healthcare or legal support for students following the event