More than 1200 girls join ARP.
Amazing news! On Friday the 28th of August the largest Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP) ever will take place in Loitokitok, Kenya. More than 1,200 girls will take part in this passage as a way of publicly denouncing Female Genital Cutting. This ritual, that marks the transition from girl to woman, thanks to financing of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, has been developed by Amref Flying Doctors, together with the Masai. The key to success: an intensive dialogue with the tribal elders.
The colorful and impressive ritual with all its festivities, and where the girls are dressed beautiful and being consecrated, has not been changed. However, the painful and unhealthy female circumcision has been abolished. In addition, girls receive sexual education and lessons about HIV/AIDS and human rights.
Cultural leaders and girls from various areas in Kenya, and even from Tanzania will attend the ceremony. FGC is still a huge problem, and bringing change agents together has proven a very effective way to keeping the momentum alive and bringing about a positive movement
More than 7,000 girls have participated in an alternative rite of passage already. They continue to go to school and marry later in life than girls who are circumcised. A great success, which gradually spread throughout the neighboring regions.