Residents of sajiloni Kajiado County joined the world to celebrate International Day Tolerance to female Genital Mutilation in collaboration with KACCSNET, Ministry of ICT Gender and Citizen Participation to sensitize the community on FGM. Female genital mutilation comprises all procedures that involves altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognize internally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. Speaking during the occasion Assistant County Commissioner Madam Roselyn Manuva condemned the act saying it will lead to death. She added that several cases had been reported on school drop outs due to FGM, according to a survey in 2014-2015 73% of Maasai community were still practicing it.
Madam Esther Shena a Gender Manager at the county government,backing strappingly on fighting FGM Urged the community to stop the cut since it had contributed a lot of poor performance in the schools. She added that it add no value to female “We have to leave the old days of our grandparents.’’
John Mwangi an officer in the children office said, after every five months cases are reported on FGM in their office. He propose that those who are still undertaking it should be arrested and more awareness done to the community.
Bissil primary school deputy headmistress Lucy also condemned the practice saying it is affecting the lives of young girls hence leading to high rate of drop out in school. Giving illustrations in Bissil primary where an 8 years old girl was censored and got marriage. She urge the community to embrace education to better their lives.
Village elders gave a standing ovation to the stakeholders for the marvelous work their are doing to save the life’s of the girl child.