Female genital mutilation (FGM) can have a devastating impact on the lives of women and girls who have undergone the procedure. FGM can cause physical and psychological harm, as well as social and economic consequences.
FGM is most commonly performed on girls before they reach puberty, and can cause significant physical and psychological harm.
According to World Health Organisation - Female genital mutilation (FGM) can cause a variety of health problems, including severe bleeding, infections, pain, and complications during childbirth.
The break from school in December -January is one of the longest breaks that children get throughout the year. It is well known that throughout Kenya families take advantage of the long break to submit their girls to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
In this report, we will zoom in on the work that end-FGM campaigner Esnahs Nyramba has been doing over the December - January period. Her work has had many challenges including the struggle to find safe homes for girls as well as fighting pneumonia in January since her work often requires her to regularly be outside out waiting in the cold to ambush planned FGM gatherings and save girls. Esnahs is now well again and continues to thrive in the campaign against FGM in Kisii and Nyamira counties.
End-FGM Campaigner Catherine Thiakunu is the overseer of a large team of activists and male champions in Meru County and Elgeyo Marakwet County. Above Catherine is photographed in Igembe South sensitising local police on their role in ending FGM.