KENYA: Women Let Down Fight Against 'Cut'

Married women who consent to circumcision are undermining the fight against female genital mutilation.

Speaking at a reception to honour three girls who trekked for 46 kilometres from Embobut to the Tirap district offices to escape the cut, senior chief Benjamin Kipkemoi said many women had accepted that female genital mutilation was retrogressive but were under immense pressure from their communities to undergo the cut.


"They are ostracised and their husbands are barred from community meetings, forcing them to pester their wives to go for the cut," said the Sambirir location chief.

A coordinator at Marakwet Girls and Women Project, Ms Eunice Yego appealed to women to resist pressure to undergo circumcision.

"Let those who make fun of you go ahead with their empty talk. In any case, you are not susceptible to numerous health complications like those who have undergone the rite," she said.


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DATE: 14/12/2009


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