Kenya’s Efforts To Eradicate FGM By 2022 See Setback With Nearly 3K Victims Paraded Through Streets Over Past Month
The Guardian: Kenyan efforts to end FGM suffer blow with victims paraded in ‘open defiance’
“Kenya has seen a setback in its progress to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) after an open parade in defiance of the government clampdown on the practice took place this week. Almost 2,800 girls from the Kuria community in south-western Kenya have undergone FGM, which involves the removal of the outer layers of female genitalia and sometimes the clitoris, in the past three weeks, say local activists. Every day since late September, girls who have undergone the practice have been paraded in the region’s main urban centers, where they have been showered with gifts, including cash. The gifts, according to the activists, are designed to encourage other young girls to undergo FGM. Kenya is viewed as a regional champion in the fight against FGM and the parades will be seen as a setback to government efforts to eradicate the practice by 2022…” (Muiruri, 10/21).