Kenyan FGM Campaign – Many Kenyan young girls will not be spending Christmas with their families because their parents would force them to be circumcised.
For the safety of these girls schools have chosen to sacrifice their vacation time to guard these girls against the inhumane culture of genital mutilation.
Headteachers have been told to accommodate the girls and to ensure they attend classes throughout the year.
This year, many African countries stood up against Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage. Unfortunately the laws against the practice of FGM appears too feeble that people still engage in it; usually in the remote parts of some communities.
Thanks to education and enlightenment, hundreds of girls in Kenya have refused to be victims of a practice that leaves women’s health and state of mind in shambles.
A 14-year old girl who has run away from home say parents subject their girls to FGM because of the financial gains.
“My parents force us to undergo FGM because they want dowry. When girls are circumcised, their parents have already arranged for them to be married off.
“When they finish the initiation, their parents introduce them to their husband, whose family gives them cows as dowry.”
So why Christmas? Natives of these communities say that December holidays is the traditional time for rites of passages for both boys and girls.
To that effect parents, there is an ongoing Kenyan FGM campaign involving parents, teachers and youths who are anti-FGM.
FGM has no traceable root to religion but culturally practiced in many places as a right of passage for young girls. Once it is done, it is assumed that the girl child is “ripe” for marriage.
African governments can help avert situations like this by endorsing sterner and effective laws that will deter the perpetrators.
“This is a deeply entrenched issue that will take time to completely get rid of.
“These days there are no elaborate ceremonies to celebrate girls who have undergone FGM.
“It is very secretive and it makes it very difficult to apprehend those who are behind this.”– Brian Njeru, Local county commissioner.
BBC report says that One in five women in Kenya between the ages of 15 and 49 is circumcised, according to government figures.