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I’m educating my parents!

“In almost every family, it’s the girls who do the dishes, wash the clothes and clean the yard, while the boys are allowed to study or play. Parents use girls as slaves and boys are treated like kings at home.

“It’s the parents’ fault, and old traditions that always put daughters last. To stop this we must educate the parents, so they understand that a girl has the same rights as a boy.

“Most girls’ rights are violated here. They are victims of their own parents and are subjected to forced marriage, female genital mutilation, sexual exploitation and falling pregnant at a young age. Us girls have to stand up and fight for our rights to be respected. I educate my parents and neighbours, so that they respect the rights of the child.”

Aminata, 11, Burkina Faso

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