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FGM and Gender-Based Violence – “To End this communities need more education”, West Pokot County, Kenya

By Winne Wanyonyi,

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.

The Media Project:

I have engaged the activists, nurse, children officer, youth leader, and pastor to get to know the role each department play in ending GBV because they are the key people and they can be given an ear by the community.

Our success:

Our project was very successful due to the availability of my key sources and others sources who opened up without any difficulties.

Strong messages:

There is a lack of education, knowledge, and understanding is that is contributing to the continued practice of FGM even at this civilized stage.

The number of those practicing FGM in West Pokot County is reducing.

Unexpected wins:

Some of the wins during the project are being able to talk to the survivors of FGM open up freely and be ready to work hand in hand to ensure FGM practice comes to an end no matter the years. The challenge was that some sources demand a lot of allowances before opening up as well as a lack of collaboration among the activist in the county.

Next time:

I will make sure I hold small events with the civilized, uncivilized, key stakeholders including the legal party, and survivors at the grassroots level to cross share the information from each party to come up with a lasting solution. Have more airtime in the local media to address the issues of FGM frequently.

Ruth Harley

Ruth Harley is working with GMC as a Website News Editor, compiling stories written by End FGM campaigners working with the Global Media Campaign to End FGM across Africa. Alongside this work, she is running The Women’s Vinyl Project which empowers women and girls through singing and music and is helping to end FGM.