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