Purity Kagwiria talks about conception, puberty, body image, and sex myths to high schoolers. This may sound like a typical health ed class to some, but in Kenya, where Kagwiria lives and teaches, what she’s doing is actually pretty boundary breaking.She’s the executive director of Akili Dada, an organization that works on cultivating leadership skills with under-served girls and young women.
In classrooms, she draws charts and lets students know that their hip and breast sizes don’t determine their worth. She answers questions and busts myths about sex. No, “birth control won’t make you barren,” she might tell her students, confronting a widely spread misbelief in the region.