February 20 is designated as the World Day of Social Justice. Gender equality is an important lens through which to view social justice. This is particularly true when it comes to adolescent girls, who are less likely to complete their education and more likely to become infected with HIV than are adolescent boys. Mama County Says, a program in western Kenya, addresses both of these issues.
Six young boys lounge in the shade of an acacia grove that serves as the entrance to Napuu, a village on the outskirts of Lodwar, Kenya. In the distance, dust rises behind a lorry trundling across the sand. As it nears, the boys excitedly jump up and run to the village, carrying news of the arrival of the Beyond Zero mobile clinic. Within the hour, their mothers will return with them for vaccinations.