FGM should be shunned, urges MP
01 October 2013, 18:16
Nanyuki - Some cultural practices including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are negative and ought to be shunned, URP nominated MP Sarah Paulata Korere said on Monday.
Paulata, who hails from Laikipia North, said the traditional ritual believed to be a rite of passage is sort of slavery.
In reference to her Maasai community, Paulata said FGM has been affecting the girl child education and also leads to early marriages.
She narrated that after the mutilation exercise, those performing the ritual mislead their victims that they are adults and ready for marriage.
“If FGM is compulsory, then wait for that girl to complete her studies and perform it. At that point, I believe it will be a consultative issue and she will make her own independent decision whether to accept it or not,” said the political leader.
Speaking at Ol Jogi limited wildlife conservancy, Paulata urged youth dropping out of school to proceed with their studies so they can remain relevant in the job sector.
“The more you study, the more you remain relevant in the job field,” Paulata advised revealing that she is still a student at University of Nairobi even though she is a legislator.
She further said women should come forward and claim their positions in the society arguing that their opinions are currently respected and requisite.
“Women must put their feet down and work hard. They should be part of change in the society and show interests in competitive positions,” said the nominated MP.
She also pledged to work closely with her area MP, Mathew Lekindime Lermpukel, to initiate more social development projects in the area.
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