Ashoka Fellow
Burkina Faso
Fellow Since 1995
Association Pugsada
This description of Marie Léa Zongo's work was prepared when Marie Léa Zongo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1995.
Lea Zongo's (Burkina Faso 1995) organization is the first to target the promotion of the rights of young girls in Burkina Faso. By concentrating on runaway girls fleeing forced early marriages, Lea is raising consciousness among girls and among parents about the rights of girls and women. By doing so, she is helping to reconcile the differences that often arise between girls and their families, and is promoting an increased level of respect for female children.
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