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Friday, 17 February 2017

"Educated girls become empowered young women; they are Africa’s biggest untapped resource."


Here are some extracts and a link to an interesting article about FGM.

The 2011 ban made the practice and capture of young girls for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya illegal, but it's still widespread even though research indicates a 20% drop in the practice.

37 of the 42 tribal communities among the Maasai in Kenya still practice Female Genital Mutilation. The preferential age for the procedure used to be 15 – now it’s 11!

Patrick Ngigi, a former teacher who runs a centre to protect girls against FGM, feels his hands are tied:

“What we are lacking is the political willpower because most of the politicians, especially in Maasai culture, do not want to fight this thing because they have a fear of losing votes. In most areas if they fight FGM they are more or less likely to lose their seats. On the part of the local administration most of the chiefs support the fight against FGM verbally but many of them are still enforcing FGM privately in their villages. How is a chief going to be able to enforce a law that he is also breaking?”

Read the full article here: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-02-16-female-genital-mutilation-kenyas-worst-kept-secret/#.WKbDXRLyiis