Alice was 11 when she was raped on her way to school. The Kenyan police would only make an arrest if Alice’s stepmother paid them first, but she had no money. The perpetrator went free.
In Kenya, one in three girls will experience sexual violence before age 18, yet police investigations are the exception. But 160 girls, including Alice, are fighting for their rights. They’ve banded together with a multinational legal team led by Canadian lawyer Fiona Sampson and Kenyan social worker Mercy Chidi Baidoo and created legal history.
With the help of a multinational team led by Canadian lawyer Fiona Sampson and Tumaini Shelter head Mercy Chidi Baidoo, these young girls pursued an unheard of legal tactic: force the Kenyan government to uphold its newly ratified and highly praised constitution and to protect girls.
In The Girls of Meru, acclaimed filmmaker Andrea Dorfman tells the troubling yet uplifting story of these children and their brave steps towards meaningful equality for girls worldwide.