Female genital mutilation (FGM) is still a rampant cultural practice in the Maasai community of Kenya with the most recent demographic survey claiming its prevalence rate at 76% (KDHS 2014).
End FGM activities in Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot (West Kenya), and the Ethiopia border.
By Fatuma Hakar, The Media Project: With students from Jarirot primary school, we have highlighted the plight of children, talking to them about their rights, This is especially important to…
On the 21st of December 2021 21-year-old Maseray Sei was found dead in the Bondo Bush in Nyandeni Village, Bonthe District after undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Sowo women Sandy willing confessed to having initiatied Maseray Sei to FGM. This enabled activists to act fast and the court case was born.
Our project was a radio talk show and social media engagement talking about the practice of FGM, child marriages, and other harmful practices affecting children in West Pokot, especially girls in remote areas.
Children in Kenya continue to suffer the effects of harmful practices including FGM despite the existence of laws and policies that safeguard their rights and welfare.
Justice for her was about challenges that girls go through when trying to access justice whenever they are forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation. I went to Kehancha, Migori County with a team of two other people. I got to engage with girls who once tried to access justice without success, grassroots activists supporting girls to access legal justice, and grassroots paralegals who have been trained to handle children's cases.
We hosted a radio session on local radio stations (Geetu FM ) with a youth champion to discuss in detail Harmful practices that are affecting the lives of children in our society.
The Day of the African Child (DAC) is celebrated every year. The motive is that the right time for Africa and the world in common to reflect on the progress made towards children's rights, as well as the barriers they continue to face and how to eliminate Harmful Practices like FGM and GBV affecting Children.
GMC alongside the African Union led and supported the media training that took place on 5th-7th July 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya.