The SOL Foundation

In brief

Moving the Goalposts (MTG) work with around 5’000 girls per year to address and advance gender equality, increase knowledge of reproductive health, and enable and improve school attendance, reducing the growing feminisation of poverty in Kenya.

Problem to be tackled

MTG empowers girls in rural Kilifi, on the coast of Kenya. These districts are the poorest in Kenya with 70% below the poverty line. Low school retention, early pregnancies and forced marriages trap girls in a cycle of intense poverty. Only around 20% of girls transition from Primary to Secondary school, meaning 240’000 girls aged 9-25 in Kilifi are out of school and probably out of work.

Women in this age bracket in Kenya are four times more likely to be infected with HIV than men in the same group. Girls as young as 10 are exposed to sex tourism and one in every four women aged 15-19 has a child. Access or knowledge to sexual and reproductive health and services is low.