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Peninah Nthenya Musyimi is the founder and director of Safe Spaces.  Peninah grew up in the Mathare Valley slums outside of Nairobi, Kenya. She was the first woman in the Nairobi slums to work her way through school and university. She became a lawyer to defend domestic violence victims.  After working for the Kenyan government she decided to return to Mathare to support and empower girls in obtaining an education in a safe environment.

The road she took to achieve her dreams was not easy. Through determination and perserverance, she secured a basketball scholarship although that meant learning to play basketball in one month. Listen to Peninahs inspirational story at TedX talk.

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She started Safe Spaces in 2008, with the intent to follow a girl’s development and progress over a number of years. Peninah hosted the first meeting in her house with seven teenage girls. To date, Peninah has worked with thousands of girls and their families in the slums of Nairobi. Learn more about the Safe Spaces programs here.

WomenWinOrg 2010

CARE's "I am Powerful" Award 2011


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