October 2018 Day of the Girl

Marieme Jamme marks day at refugee camp

12 Oct 2018

Global Visionary Marieme Jamme has celebrated the UN's International Day of the Girl (11 October) at one of the world's biggest refugee camps. Marieme told us the girls at Kakuma in Kenya would be the first in a refugee camp to learn computer coding, thanks to her project iamtheCODE.

Kakuma and its neighbouring settlement Kalobeyei are in north-western Kenya and together have a population of almost a quarter of a million. It was established back in 1992, and hosts more than 19 nationalities, with the majority being South Sudanese.

Marieme visited Kakuma earlier this year, with fellow Visionaries Victor Ochen and Neema Kaseje, on the invitation of the UNHCR. She was struck by the "poverty and hopelessness" and told us the occupants faced a lot of issues, including lack of free movement. However she paid tribute to the "amazing people" she had met and the girls' resilience and tenacity.

According to the UN, more than 90% of girls in developing countries will go onto jobs in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common. This year's Day of the Girl – themed A Skilled GirlForce - started a year-long effort to help girls increase their employability, particularly as jobs are being transformed by innovation and automation.

All figured sourced from the United Nations


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