10 C
Saturday, December 9, 2023
HomeInternationalKENYAKicking Out the Shadows: Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya

Kicking Out the Shadows: Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya


Related stories

International Girl Child Day, African Girl and Education

Girl Day is celebrated every year on October 11 as an opportunity to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by girls around the world, especially in Africa, and the importance of providing them with quality education. In this article, we explore the Day's importance in the context of education in Africa, the challenges faced by girls, and initiatives aimed at improving their access to education. Education is a human right and the basis of personal and social development. However, African girls often face many barriers that prevent them from accessing education. These issues may be cultural, economic or political, but they all contribute to gender inequality in education. Girls' Day provides an opportunity to address these issues and work for gender equality in education.One of the most important problems faced by girls in Africa is early marriage and pregnancy. Cultural norms in many African societies dictate that girls should marry at a young age, often forcing them to drop out of school. Additionally, the lack of comprehensive sex education can lead to unintended pregnancies, further hindering their educational progress. Initiatives that raise awareness about the importance of delaying marriage and pregnancy until after completing their education are crucial.Another major obstacle is poverty. Many families in Africa struggle to meet basic needs, and education can be costly due to expenses like uniforms, books, and transportation. Girls are often the first to be withdrawn from school when a family faces financial constraints. To address this issue, scholarships, school donation programs, and affordable school supplies can help reduce the financial burden on families and support girls' education.Additionally, especially in rural areas, the distance to school will prevent girls from going to school. Unsafe travel and long distances can put them at risk. Building more schools and providing transportation closer to communities could help solve this problem. In many African countries, boys are expected to be encouraged in education and girls are expected to work within the family. It is important to change these attitudes and promote the value of girls' education. Social awareness programs and inclusive education programs that challenge stereotypes can play a key role.Child labor is another problem affecting girls. Many girls have to work to support their families, leaving little time for education. Government policies and international organizations can work to eliminate child labor and ensure girls have the opportunity to go to school.Unfortunately, conflicts and conflict in many parts of Africa have disrupted education and made it difficult for girls to access education. Efforts to build peace and improve education in post-conflict regions are critical to providing girls with a stable and safe learning environment.One of the best ways to improve educational opportunities for girls in Africa is to support and train female teachers. Many female teachers can act as role models and make it easier for girls to stay in school by creating an inclusive environment.Investing in girls' education in Africa has many long-term benefits. It can break the cycle of poverty, improve women's health, and promote gender equality. Girls who receive an education are more likely to make informed decisions about their health, family, and career. They are also more likely to become financially independent and contribute to their communities and economies. Several organizations, both local and international, are actively working to improve the education of girls in Africa. Plan International, UNICEF, and the Malala Fund are just a few examples. They provide resources, advocacy, and support to ensure that girls have equal access to quality education.In conclusion, Girl Child Day serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by girls in Africa when it comes to education. The challenges they face are many and include cultural barriers, financial constraints, and gender stereotypes. But through a combination of advocacy, policy change, and organizational efforts, progress can be made to ensure that girls receive a quality education just like boys. Investing in girls' education is not only a human rights issue but also a key driver of economic growth in Africa. This is something worth celebrating and encouraging on Girls' Day and every day.

More than skin deep

You all can relate the pain of a bad...

Early Pregnancies in Kitui County: A Growing Concern

Kitui has been facing a pressing issue in recent...

A Struggle For Access To Higher Education

The rising cost of university education has far-reaching consequences,...

The Transformative Power of Games and Sports: Empowering Youth in Kitui County

This article delves into the transformative role that games...
Reading Time: 3 minutes

In a society that continually strives for progress and gender equality, it is disheartening to witness the persistence of archaic practices that violate the rights and well-being of women. One such practice that plagues Kenya is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This deeply entrenched tradition has cast a dark shadow on the lives of countless women and girls, robbing them of their physical integrity and emotional well-being. In this article, we delve into the causes and negative effects of FGM, highlighting its outdated and barbaric nature. We also shed light on organizations like the Mojatu Foundation, who are leading the charge against this heinous act, and the commendable efforts of Declares Kenya in rural areas, culminating in the Kick Out FGM football tournament in West Pokot on June 11, 2023.

FGM, a practice rooted in deeply entrenched cultural norms, inflicts irreversible harm on its victims. For too long, girls have suffered in silence, enduring excruciating pain and lifelong consequences. The reasons behind the perpetuation of FGM are manifold, ranging from preserving cultural identity and ensuring marriageability to the misguided belief that it promotes cleanliness and curbs promiscuity. However, it is crucial to recognize that these justifications are grounded in archaic and flawed thinking that has no place in modern society.

FGM stands as a chilling reminder of the dark depths to which humanity can descend. As the world progresses, it is distressing to witness the persistence of this barbaric act, rooted in outdated traditions and beliefs. The physical and psychological consequences of FGM are profound and cannot be overstated. The victims endure immense pain during the procedure and are left scarred for life, both physically and emotionally. Complications can arise during childbirth, leading to higher maternal and infant mortality rates. Moreover, FGM perpetuates a cycle of discrimination, denying girls their right to education, health, and personal autonomy.

While the situation may seem bleak, there is a glimmer of hope shining through the darkness. Organizations such as the Mojatu Foundation are at the forefront of raising awareness about the negative effects of FGM, challenging age-old norms, and working to protect vulnerable girls. They tirelessly advocate for change, engaging communities through education, empowerment, and counseling. By shedding light on the true consequences of FGM, they are chipping away at the walls of ignorance and resistance that surround this issue.

Declares Kenya, in collaboration with the Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC) and the West Pokot government, has organized the Kick Out FGM football tournament in West Pokot on June 11, 2023. This event serves as a powerful symbol of unity and collective action against FGM. Through sports and community engagement, Declares Kenya aims to shift mindsets, dispel myths, and foster dialogue within the rural areas where FGM is prevalent. By promoting education and offering alternative opportunities, they are empowering young girls and helping communities envision a future free from this harmful practice.

The time has come for Kenya to break free from the chains of a deeply rooted tradition that inflicts pain and suffering upon its girls and women. We must amplify the voices of survivors, empathize with their plight, and stand together as a community to kick out FGM once and for all. The work of organizations like the Mojatu Foundation and the initiatives led by Declares Kenya in rural areas give us hope that change is possible. Let us unite, educate, and empower the next generation, creating a society where the physical and emotional well-being of women is safeguarded and cherished. Only then can Kenya truly progress towards a future devoid of the horrors of Female Genital Mutilation.


- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Latest stories



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here