FGM cases have dras­ti­cally de­clined fol­low­ing anti-cut cam­paigns – Kil­imo

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

Fo­rums to ed­u­cate Kenyan com­mu­ni­ties on the need to stop fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion have helped stop the prac­tice in many ar­eas, Anti-FGM board chair­per­son Lina Kil­imo has said. Res­i­dents have been ed­u­cated on the need to aban­don it and in­stead fo­cus on ed­u­cat­ing girls, she said yes­ter­day. Kil­imo spoke in Bomet dur­ing a train­ing for 60 women on how to fight FGM. She said the re­duc­tion in the preva­lence rate from 27 per cent to 20 per cent is a sign Kenya is win­ning the war on the fe­male cut. Girls who have com­pleted their KCPE ex­ams are vul­ner­a­ble and the board is work­ing to dis­cour­age par­ents from mak­ing them un­dergo FGM, Kil­imo said. Af­ter the cut, most girls are mar­ried off. “The girls are bet­ter off ed­u­cated than mar­ried off,” Kil­imo said. Bomet Gover­nor Isaac Rutto’s wife Es­ther Rutto said they have mapped out hotspots in the county where FGM is com­mon and they will hold ed­uca­tive fo­rums in the ar­eas.

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