The Anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Board Chairperson, Agnes Pareiyo has called on the counties with high prevalence of the vice to establish girls rescue centres in a bid to curb the outlawed practice.
Addressing the press on Friday at Tasaru Rescue Centre, Pareiyo argued that the presence of the rescue centres at the county level will help deter the practice.
The war against the FGM will only be won with the collaboration between the county and the national governments. We cannot fight the vice while perched in Nairobi. We need all the counties to at least have a public rescue center where our girls will run to, she said.
The Chairperson, who has won accolades, including the Head of State Commendation (HSC) for her fight against the FGM, said her first assignment is to invest in community sensitization on the vice and its implications in the lives of the girl child.
Communities like the Maasai where I come from practice FGM not as a religion but as a culture. I must however thank the parliament for approving the anti-FGM laws. What I will now do is to ensure that civic education is done so that laws are well understood by these communities, said Pareiyo.
She said the national statistics on FGM stands at 21 percent but the practice is still rampant among some pastoralist communities, thus concerted efforts ought to be made to encourage these communities accept uncircumcised girls.
The Chairperson also called on the Board’s Commissioners to work round the clock to ensure that the anti-FGM laws are implemented.
She cited counties such as Migori, Isiolo, Baringo, Narok, Kajiado and Samburu as some of the counties with the highest FGM prevalence in the country.
Source: Kenya News Agency