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Religious Leader debunks FGM on Kenyan Radio

By Nastehe Aftin,  

Dayaa Women’s Group carried out build up activities at Ngao primary and Minjilavillage and radio talk show in partnership with Global media campaign (GMC). 

The main activity being the Radio talk show on effects of FGM at AMANI FM.

Other activities included an Outreach and distribution of sanitary pads at arap Moi primary school (Ngao) and Minjila village, and talks to the community and girls on FGM during the International Day Of Zero Tolerance.

The project was very successful as the Radio show generated more conversations around FGM. We faced some resistance as the Community which practice FGM complaint that FGM is part of their religion. However, the Sheikh said that FGM does not exist in our holy Quran therefore FGM is a harmful cultural practice. The youth also promised that they will marry girls that have not undergone FGM.

Working close with Amani Radio and the government is helping to keep this issue raised and through their support, our work is strengthened.   

Achievements

  1. Clear Radio message

2. Training of girls and women on FGM at NGAO primary school and Minjilavillage. 

3. Distribution of 300pads and bags to school girls. 

4. Distribution of 200pads to girls at Minjila village.

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.