Many girls go through female genital mutilation (FGM) willingly or unwillingly in Meru County, despite the fact that the practice is outlawed. Most of these practices are usually carried out in the month of December since this is the period where girls need time for wound healing due to the longest holiday period. CIFORD KENYA is actively trying to eliminate this practice through education, awareness campaigns, legislative lobbying, and advocacy for alternative rites of passage to adulthood for young girls during this period by psychologically “circumcising” the girls through a one week workshop.


On 4th December 2017, over 100 girls reported at CIFORD KENYA-Centre, Lailuba for one-week seminar for girls alternative rites of passage. The girls were not allowed to either to go outside or to receive any visitor which is symbolic of being in seclusion when they are circumcised. The girls were trained on several topics such as;

Topics Covered

  • Reproductive health.
  • Early/teenage pregnancy.
  • STIs/HIV and AIDs.
  • Life skills and self-realization.
  • Female circumcision rites
  • Meru culture
  • Alternatives rites of passage.
  • Drugs and substance abuse.


The girl's graduation on Friday in attendance were the parents, friends, and sponsors (women who are identified by parents to coach and advice the girls) of the girls. There were dances, songs, and dramas as girls created and promoted awareness on FGM, there were speeches from the girls.


On Friday 8th parents (community members, staffs, and girls) conducted a roadshow along the Muriri-Isiolo road showing confidence and rebuking FGM practice through songs and dances.

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  1. The leaders and parents are supporting the programmes
  2. Girls and parents requested for more seminars of this kind.
  3. Girls who attended the earlier seminar organized by CIFORD attended the graduation ceremony which is clear indication that they appreciate the work.
  4. Girls turnout more than 100 indicates that the community value the workshop.
  1. During the seminar, there was much outcry to save the boy child from alcohol and drug abuse.

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