Female Genital Mutilation
In rural Meru community especially in Tigania east and Tigania west, many girls are forced to undergo FGM by their parents in the hopes of securing a higher dowry – girls uncut are believed to be more promiscuous. Others are forced by their family in the name of ‘tradition’, an act without which she would be shunned in her village.
- FGM pose numerous threats to the girls:
- FGM carries with it serious health consequences such as infection, infertility, difficulties during childbirth and bleeding to death.
- FGM is so often the first step towards girls being forced into early marriage.
- FGM terrifies at-risk girls. Upon reaching adolescence many young women run away from home to escape their cutting ceremony.
- FGM is an issue tightly connected to the position of women in society.
Since 2002, the Kenya government has criminalized FGM on under-18’s, yet FGM is still being practiced in Kenya with 27% of the girls undergoing the practice. Meru County is Among the leading counties with the most cases of FGM contributing 31% of the FGM cases in Kenya.
Methods CIFORD Kenya are adopting to fight FGM in Meru County.
- Alternative rites of passage for girls
- Involvement of Men and Boys in the fight of FGM
- Regular Training on the dangers of FGM
- Involvement of the local authority and council of elders in the fight of FGM
- Use of Media to Fight FGM