Kakenya Ntaiya: A Girl Who Demanded School

Hey everyone,

I just watched a Ted Talk video, it’s called Kakenya Ntaiya: A Girl Who Demanded School.
Ntaiya starts off talking about the Maasai tribe that she is apart of and the gender roles that are practiced. She emphasizes that girls are brought up to be mothers while boys warriors. She goes into her personal life and tells the audience that she was engaged at the age of 5 to be married at around 13 once she hit puberty. Despite her desire to further her education, in preparation for her marriage, Ntaiya had to get circumcised and train to become the perfect wife. In hopes of one day becoming teacher, Ntaiya agreed to circumcision if she got to continue school.
As a woman, Ntaiya saw how her mother was denied of an education. She couldn’t even own anything she worked for. After a few obstacles Ntaiya was able to come to the U.S. for school. It was then that she realized that she had rights as a woman. There were laws that could have protected her from female genital mutilation and so she opened a school for girls to educate and protect them from the overarching gender roles of their culture.


This TED Talk touches on the topics of gender roles, community, education, and development, all related to the issues discussed in class.

You should watch the video!

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