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YouTube Video highlights the damaging effects of FGM, Kajiado county, Kenya

By Robi Chacha Omondi,

Robi Chacha Omondi is a National TV Journalist, in this report she shares her work within Kajiado where she went to a rescue centre to investigate how FGM affects the community.

Project overview:

I did a story on young girls in kajiado being rescued from the hands of their parents, especially fathers who want them circumcised so that they can marry them off. I interviewed the girls, and also the director of the centre who does the work in the community.

Media reach:

My story was aired on K24tv which reaches about 1million viewers during live news coverage, and also shared the link on the youtube channel to be viewed over time.

Media project success:

With many viewership and constant reminders on youtube, I believe it was a success. Below is the link.

Strong messages:

The good thing is that, with such rescue centres and the perpetrators being aware that the girls have a place to run to, means there is hope to eradicate this vice.

The bad thing is that there still is a deep-rooted belief in men that girls need to be cut and married instead of going to school and having a better life as not only girls but also as human beings.

What we would do next time:

Try to get security to be able to reach these families because they get hostile when approached. Also, involve the community more.

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.