Our project was both media and community engagement activity, we involved North Rift Rift Radio in our media campaign and our local surveillance group in Otiot village in Marus sub-location for sensitization. The reason why we engaged North Radio is that it is the most listened to radio station in West Pokot and the most popular in places where we work with high FGM/CM prevalence.
Weru FM hosted a talk show with Catherine Thiakunu, an activist was hosted @ Weru Fm as a youth champion to discuss in detail the role of men in ending FGM and how the community members can be whistleblowers this is after a sensitization session on the effects of FGM and the anti-FGM act.
By Ambrose Pyatich Merian, The project: Umoja development organization [UD] is a community-based organization [CBO] that was formed in the year 2009 to promote children, women, and people with disabilities…
I am a survivor of Fgm and founder of Naret Intoiye CBO went to Kajiado TV together with the Chief of Moran, and an ex-cutter reaching over ten thousand people.
My project was about the use of Alternative Rites of Passage as a solution to end Female Genital Mutilation in West Pokot County. Recent research by World vision and the Kenya Education for Nomadic indicated that illiteracy is one of the key factors contributing to FGM in West Pokot County, with North and Central Pokot leading in those cases. Data shows that in Pokot north approximately 12,000 girls and boys do not attend school.
Fatuma Hakar runs Girlkind Kenya, supporting girls in Kenya and helping to end FGM.
The media project funded by Global Media Campaign (GMC) was directed at engaging the Kalenjin communities living in Trans-Nzoia, Bungoma, West Pokot, and Uasin Gishu counties and also Eastern parts of Uganda bordering Kenya-Mt Elgon.
During the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM, we arranged anti-FGM activities to push for change in Kuria, Migori county, after such a tough Christmas period we have made extra efforts to make a mark this year for this assigned day.
This special evening, held on Thursday 3rd February, marked a significant milestone in the Global Media Campaign’s efforts to end FGM. The GMC team - including Director Maggie O Kane and six leading campaigners from Sierra Leone, Kenya, Nigeria, and Somalia - joined this conversation which was presented to a group of keen listeners live from the Conduit Club in Covent Garden. Other key members of the panel also included the BBC's renowned international editor, Lyse Doucet and the chair of the Global Media Campaign, the human rights lawyer, Dexter Dias.
For the last two years, the risk of Covid, has led to a temporary suspension of the mass gatherings and community parades that are part of FGM across Africa. However, a surge in FGM catch -up cases is now feared across Africa in the coming months.