The 2018 International Children’s Peace Prize nominees

Marcellina

Kenya, 15 years
Nominated by World Vision Kenya

Issues: Sexual Reproductive HealthChild Marriage

2018 Children's Peace Prize nominee Marcellina

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Leaders of the world should join hands in the fight against FGM.

Marcellina's story

Marcellina, 15, lives in Kenya and goes to boarding school. She managed to avoid female genital mutilation (FGM), but seeing her fellow students drop out of school due to early pregnancies and forced marriages triggered Marcellina’s fight against FGM and child marriage. She has created awareness about these issues by distributing information, encouraging girls to think about the value of their education. She has taken part in forums and organized children’s discussions, highlighting the dangers and consequences. Marcellina is deputy president of the county’s children’s assembly, and plans to train a group of girls to continue creating awareness when she graduates from school.

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