KENYA: Kenya joins fight against female circumcision
“The issue is so politically sensitive to manage for example Uganda has a law against FGM but the Kenyan government has been shying away from collaborating and coming up with a joint communications strategy to try to dissuade people from the practice,” Ms Beatrice Chelangat, the director of REACH, an NGO sensitising against FGM, said during a cross-border meeting at Amanang Secondary School in Bukwo District on Friday. But with the Kenyan government coming on board, many believe that FGM will be eliminated by 2015. According to Mr Richard Luswat Wanyonyi, a communications officer with Peace and Human Rights Programme, the Kenyan government has also passed a Bill in Parliament to end FGM and a strategy aimed at eliminating FGM amongst the Sabaot, Pokot, Turkana, Kelenjin, Samburu, and the Somali community in northern Kenya. “We have joined you in the struggle against FGM. We must fight and ensure that this vice ends completely,” Mr Wanyonyi said. Ms Monica Chepkwemboi, a community development officer in Bukwo, commended Kenya’s move but said Kenya must walk the talk.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor
DATE: December 13, 2011