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18-Year-Old Woman Rescued From Circumcisers In Meru

18-Year-Old Woman Rescued From Circumcisers In Meru

An 18-year-old woman from Kautine in Igembe North was on Saturday rescued from forced Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The incident comes amid rising concern over rampant cases of FGM in Igembe North despite an intensified crackdown on the vice. Speaking to journalists at Laare Police Station, the woman said she escaped narrowly from her three […]

Rehema Nandito Fights Female Genital Mutilation in Kwale

Rehema Nandito Fights Female Genital Mutilation in Kwale

Rehema Nandito, a 38-year-old woman from Lunga Lunga in Kwale County is on a mission to rescue girls from the outlawed female genital mutilation. Ms Nandito has campaigned against the rite of passage since 2013, earning herself the reputation of being a force to reckon with after rescuing at least 19 girls, majority aged eight […]

GBV Cases Show Significant Drop In Tanzania

GBV Cases Show Significant Drop In Tanzania

UN Women, in collaboration with the government of Tanzania, has helped the country in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) to women and children and so far cases have decreased significantly. Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Faustine Ndugulile said during a seminar at the weekend that […]

Kenya Pledges to End FGM By 2022 – Ahead Of Global Target

Kenya Pledges to End FGM By 2022 – Ahead Of Global Target

 Kenya’s president on Tuesday promised to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2022, a goal women’s rights campaigners said was unrealistic due to insecurity and high prevalence rates in some parts of the East African nation. One in five women and girls aged between 15 and 49 in Kenya have undergone FGM, which usually involves […]

‘Wave of hope’ To End FGM In Ethiopia As Activist Pioneer Dies

‘Wave of hope’ To End FGM In Ethiopia As Activist Pioneer Dies

Ethiopia’s Bogaletch Gebre – feted for almost eradicating female genital mutilation in her home region – has died, her charity said on Wednesday, as activists vowed to push on with her work. The former scientist and marathon runner’s quiet revolution saved tens of thousands of girls from potential injury or death in Ethiopia, which has […]

Bishop Accuses NGOs of Aiding Female Circumcision In Uganda

Bishop Accuses NGOs of Aiding Female Circumcision In Uganda

The Bishop of Sebei Diocese, Rev Paul Masaba, has accused non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the sub-region to fighting against female genital mutilation (FGM) of exaggerating figures on the current prevalence in order to obtain funding from donors. “There are NGOs benefiting from this issue of FGM in Sebei because their main objective is survival […]

Anti-FGM Campaigner Nimco Ali Launches Global Bid To Protect Girls

Anti-FGM Campaigner Nimco Ali Launches Global Bid To Protect Girls

Every country must ban female genital mutilation to protect girls and help end poverty, Somali-born British campaigner Nimco Ali said as she launched a global project to end the practice by 2030. About 3.9 million girls have their external genitalia partially or totally removed every year despite health risks, according to the United Nations Population […]

Village By Village, The Quest To Stop Female Genital Cutting In Somaliland

Village By Village, The Quest To Stop Female Genital Cutting In Somaliland

When Mumtas Khadar turned nine she couldn’t wait for the ritual undertaken by every woman in her village in Somaliland in northeast Africa that she believed would make her more beautiful. But the traditional practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) left her in agony, bedridden for a week then with painful periods every month and […]

Let’s Fight For The Rights Of Our Girls

Let’s Fight For The Rights Of Our Girls

On this year’s Day of the African Child on June 16, heads of state, ministers, religious leaders, community leaders, survivors’ networks and campaigners will come together for the first ever Africa-led summit on ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. This summit gives us cause for hope in an era in which we continue […]

FGM Survivor’s Film Urges Women Not To ‘Die in Silence’

FGM Survivor’s Film Urges Women Not To ‘Die in Silence’

As a 10-year-old in rural Kenya, Beryl Magoko was not surprised when her Kuria community arranged for her to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), as it was normal for girls. But she was shocked to learn about reconstructive surgery for FGM at a 2013 screening in West Africa of her award-winning documentary “The Cut” – […]

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