Project: ENTITO AFRICA INITIATIVE, KENYA | Vision: Empowering women and enabling them to make an impact on community social and economic decision-making. Monica is living proof that one person can make a tremendous difference. Forced into marriage at the age of 16, she narrowly escaped female genital mutilation (FGM) when she became pregnant. She could not however escape the physical and emotional abuse she suffered for not conforming to the harmful tradition, which reflects deep-rooted inequality and is an extreme form of discrimination against women. Monica came to kanthari because she wanted to protect the rights of women and girls in Kenya by changing social norms and cultural practices. Kanthari gave Monica the skills and confidence to launch Entito Africa Initiative, which teaches girls and women about their human rights, reproductive health and the value of education. Rather than let it hide under a cultural banner, Monica is labeling FGM for what it is: one of the worst forms of violence against women and girls. She is working with communities at large and suggesting alternatives, like education, as a substitute rite of passage. As a result, communities are reaping the rewards that come with adapting to change, as many girls will be able to make significant contributions to their communities and country. Monica is making strides to ensure healthier lives for girls and the realization of their personal potential. She is becoming a true social change-maker in Kenya.