9.3 million schoolgirls risk getting the cut
18 June 2015, 09:20
Mombasa - National anti-female genital mutilation chairperson, Lina Jebii Kilimo has urged school heads to spearhead the fight against FGM as over 9.3 million girls risk getting the cut.
Addressing school principals at the annual KESSHA conference in Mombasa, the former assistant Minister and Marakwet MP said teachers had an important role to play in the fight against FGM in the communities.
She lamented that FGM had affected learning progress of young girls who are forced into circumcision and subsequent earlier marriages.
“FGM has a lasting damage to young potential girls who are forced to be mothers at a tender age,” remarked Jebii.
She said the vice has also been a major contributor to maternal health issues, with some of those practicing FGM ending up dying from excessive bleeding and related infections.
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The national chair however noted that the prevalence rates countrywide had reduced from 27% to 21% with the continued government efforts to fight FGM.
She noted that at the community level, the practice was still high.
"Although efforts have been put in place, many people in the communities are still secretly practicing FGM which is now proving to be a challenge to the government efforts to eradicate it completely,” observed Jebii.
She also revealed that some communities are also practicing FGM seven days after a child’s birth, complicating the situation further as most of such cases go unnoticed.
Jebii urged teachers to teach the communities the importance of anti-FGM and ensure that girls stay at school as this will delay chances of earlier marriages.
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