Campaigner claims on TV “Any attempts to drag us back towards FGM must be rejected”, Kenya

Campaigner claims on TV “Any attempts to drag us back towards FGM must be rejected”, Kenya

By Dominic Kimitta and Peter Macharia,

Both Dominic Kimitta and Peter Macharia passionately report on the radio how far the FGM fight has come and that there is no time to turn back now.

TV and Radio talk shows

In anticipation of the court ruling on a case challenging some provisions in the Prohibition of FGM Act 2011, we organized a live TV talk show on K24, one of Kenya’s leading TV stations. The talk show featured Dominic Kimitta Mamboleo, a GMC graduate from Kajiado County. Together with the host, they delved into how the ruling will impact Kenya’s fight against FGM if it went for or against the petitioner.

In his rallying call, Mr. Mamboleo challenged the judiciary to uphold the dignity of women and girls by rejecting underhand methods used by people with disregard to human rights in perpetuating violations against women and girls.

“Today I challenge the Judiciary and the High Court, that it is time as a nation to stand out and fight, and defend the rights of women and girls. Today we are put to task, and the whole world is watching us. Let us stand and illegalize FGM because it is not only an outdated practice but also a violation of human rights”

Dominic Kimitta commented in his closing remarks.

We have come so far:

On the other hand, Peter Macharia, the Youth Anti FGM Network Kenya (YANK) National Coordinator was interviewed by Robi whose interview was aired at 7 pm news and 9 pm new hour. He noted that with the presidential commitment to end FGM by 2022, all stakeholders including the judiciary must support the course and not pull us back.

“We have made strides in the fight against this practice. And we are buoyed by the President himself who has committed to ending the practice during his tenure. As such, any attempts to drag us back must be rejected. Millions of FGM victims are suffering in silence, thousands have died from the practice and the dreams of millions of girls and women have been killed just by this cruel practice. We cannot afford to entertain any attempts to derail this momentum. We must focus on the bigger goal- ending FGM in our respective communities.”

Peter Macharia

Ruth Harley

Ruth Harley is an opera singer, writer, and creative. She is running The Women’s Vinyl Project which empowers women and girls through singing and music. She is working with GMC as the Website News Editor, compiling stories written by End FGM campaigners working with the Global Media Campaign to End FGM across Africa.