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.
There is an increasing concern for post-COVID-19 cutting for the coming Easter holidays. Since this is going to be the longest public holiday many countries have had since the pandemic there is increasing concern for Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Mali in particular.
Our projects title "Save our young girls and women from pain" was aimed at sensitizing the community, especially in West Pokot County on the effects of FGM and other gender-based violence.
To mark the 16 Days of Activism, I organized two radio talk shows and had radio jingles running for two weeks on BK Radio.
My project was on GBV. I spoke to the family of a young girl (12 years old) who has been sexually abused by her uncle since she was 9 years and infected with HIV/AIDS. I spoke to the victim, her mother, and GBV advocates in the county.
Jedidah Lemaron is an anti-FGM campaigner working in Kajaido County to help end FGM. In this report, we learn of the devastating reasons that girls are now at risk.