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Interactive TV show to End FGM, Kenya

By Susan Kutingala

During the IDG celebrations, I held a talk show on Sidai TV. The show was live and interactive with the community having a chance to call and ask questions to the panelists.

TV Show:

I was hosted by Elijah Karpa alongside Mary Nashipai, a girl who has finished her form four education. During the interview, we sensitized the girls and the community at large on the effects of FGM and child marriage and why they need to concentrate on education.

Mary Nashipai – form graduate (importance of girl child education and how the Elijah Karpa The girl has equal rights to the boy

Success:

The activity was very successful, reaching an audience of 300,000 who listen to Sidai FM and watch Sidai TV.

The planning was smooth. Being a holiday when schools were closed, I did not experience any challenges.

Strong messages:

The strong message that came out was that girls have equal rights to boys and that every child should be given the rights to education, health, shelter, and protection from harmful practices. Another strong message that came out was how to use digital platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp in protecting girls from harm.

More parents pledged to take their girls to school when schools open

Next time:

I will involve another male MCA to discuss how we can all fight FGM

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.