Tana River County Female Genital Mutilation survivor Sadia Hussein has escalated awareness on the scourge ahead of next year Kenya’s commitment to end FGM.
She conducted a community dialogue on FGM as post event of the international day of the girl child through her organisation Brighter Society Initiative.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on the 4th of June 2019 made a commitment to end FGM in Kenya by 2022.
Type 3 of FGM (Infibulation) which involves the narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal is prevalent in Tana River.
Sadia Hussein implored upon the residents of the Dayate village in Galole constituency to abandon harmful cultural practices and to instead to prioritize the education of their girls.
Abdikadir Godana, the Dayate village Muslim leader said the community should not use religion to justify FGM.
He urged the community to delink Islam from FGM since it is not written anywhere in the scriptures.
The residents said they have started to abandon and they called on the government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to step up awareness efforts on FGM.
The meeting that brought together mothers, fathers and girls was also attended by a FIDA Kenya representative who exhorted the women to report cases of gender-based violence being perpetuated by their husbands.
Brighter Society Initiative distributed sanitary towels to school going girls in the village.