96 Pokot girls res­cued from FGM grad­u­ate

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley -

Ninety-six girls res­cued from fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion and early mar­riages in West Pokot have grad­u­ated from St El­iz­a­beth Girls’ Cen­tre in Or­tum.

They were trained in ICT, dig­i­tal media, web de­sign, cod­ing and fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy. Speak­ing dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion on Satur­day, Anti-FGM Board chair­per­son Li­nah Kil­imo praised the girls - most of whom had run away from their homes to avoid be­ing mar­ried off.

“This is a great achieve­ment. It is bet­ter to be bap­tised a rebel than have an im­por­tant part of your body cut off and be­ing forced into mar­riage at a ten­der age,” she said.

She urged the girls to be anti-FGM am­bas­sadors. “Tell younger girls to refuse to be com­pared to how many cows they can fetch. You are all much more im­por­tant than those an­i­mals your par­ents seek as they marry you off,” Kil­imo said.

/MONICAH MWANGI

Girls res­cued from FGM dur­ing their grad­u­a­tion in West Pokot county on Satur­day

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