Modester Hadija: “What a boy can do, a girl can do also”

ModesterBefore coming to WISER, Modester used to travel a long way from home to primary school each day, often walking alone as early as 5am. This was extremely risky as there were many cases of rape along the route to school. She began attending classes late to avoid having to walk in the dark, but would often be caned for arriving late to school. Keeping with expected female roles within the community, Modester was expected to bear a great deal of the labor burden at home, often helping her father in the shamba (farm). Although Modester’s older sister was very bright, their father refused to educate her, claiming that he could not afford to educate his daughters. Eventually she decided to get married.

Modester feels very fortunate that she will soon become the first woman in her family to finish secondary school! Modester says that WISER has helped to transform parental attitudes, including that of her own father, so the future looks much brighter for her younger sister: “By now my father’s attitude has changed and he now believes that what a boy can do, a girl can also do.” Modester hopes to become a teacher, a psychologist and/or a journalist, and would like to eventually become a WISER donor to ‘pay back’ the amazing opportunity she has been given, and enable more girls to become empowered through education.

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