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Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan

Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI)

The Story

Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI) uses football to create a safe space for girls in Marsabit where they can discuss issues affecting them. The Initiative works to break the deeply rooted societal taboo of not openly discussing issues that are affecting women and girls. The sessions are used to help the girls have a voice and a choice in their lives.In itself, use of football is a powerful statement to say NO to restrictions on girls in Marsabit, as girls are not allowed to participate in sports. The program has directly benefited 1,645 girls in the last 3 years.

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