Anti FGM campaigns to be enhanced in Northern Kenya

The Anti- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Board has embarked on ambitious sensitization campaigns to eradicate the problem in Northern Kenya.

The board’s Head of Programme Ms. Lucy Mungoi revealed that FGM stands at 96 per cent in the region.

“The board has started a countrywide campaign to sensitize police, chiefs, religious leaders and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) on ways to fight FGM,” she said.

She further disclosed that the country had recorded six per cent decline in FGM since enactment of the Female Genital Mutilation Act in 2011.

During a meeting with administrators in Isiolo County Wednesday, Mungoi said the board would crisscross 17 counties that were known for the outlawed practice to sensitize stakeholders on the Act.

She appealed to all Kenyans to join in the campaign so as to fight the vice and disregard some politicians who were reluctant to speak out against FGM for fear of losing support of constituents.

Mungoi said the government targets to eradicate the FGM menace by 2030, noting that the dropout rate of school girls who undergo FGM was alarming and impacting negatively to the social economic development nationally.

Mungoi urged the chiefs and their assistants to be ruthless in fighting perpetrators of the vice in their areas by arresting and prosecuting them.

She named counties still practising FGM as Kajiado, Narok, and Migori, Kisii, Elgeyo-Marakwet and West Pokot counties.

By David Nduro

Source: Kenya News Agency