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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for cultural or other non-medical reasons.The World Health Organization has identified 4 types of FGM,
also called clitoridectomy: Partial or total removal of the clitoris and/or the prepuce.
also called infibulation: Narrowing of the vaginal orifice with a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and re-positioning the labia minora and/or the labia majora. This can take place with or without removal of the clitoris.
also called excision: Partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora. The amount of tissue that is removed varies widely from community to community.
All other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, for example: pricking, piercing, incising, scraping or cauterization.
On the 4th of June 2019,
His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta
made a firm commitment to put to an end
FGM by the year 2022.The enactment
of the Prohibition of FGM Act 2011,
was a key milestone in the campaign
to end FGM in the country.
Despite the legislative and policy
measures put in place to prohibit
the practice, it still persists in certain communities.
United Nations estimates on women and girls around the world who have undergone FGM.
girls and women in Kenya have experienced FGM,
of girls and women aged 15 to 49 years having undergone the practice.
of the cases being in Africa.
The effects of FGM go beyond the physical damage! Spread Truth Africa in a bid to support the fight to end FGM, came up with a FGM Survivor Psychosocial Support Curriculum, “What Is a Little Girl Worth?” The curriculum is Biblical based and seeks to address the emotional and psychological effects of FGM to help the victims of FGM deal with the pain and trauma that comes with the retrogressive vice. The curriculum also empowers girls who have not necessarily gone through FGM, in order for them to realize that their identity is in Christ alone and that they are not defined by cultural norms.
We launched our curriculum, the first ever in Kenya, in April 2021! Out of the 47 counties in Kenya, 22 have been mapped out as FGM hotspot zones. We are committed to traversing all the 22 counties with our curriculum!