Globally, at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of Female Genital Mutilation(FGM). It is a violation of their human rights and has got to stop!
Female Genital Cutting (FGC/M) is a painful and horrific experience for the 3 (three) million girls who go through it each year in Africa. In Kenya, the prevalence rate is 21%. The practice kills many girls as a result of bleeding, infections, and later complications during birth. It strips off the girl’s dignity.
In order to stop girls from going through the horror and sustainably contribute to ending FGM by 2030, Amref Health Africa uses the Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP) approach. The ARP approach takes away the cut while retaining important aspects such as sexuality education, blessings by elders, and keeping girls in schools. It preserves and protects the good cultural values of communities. It provides the much needed life-skills to the girls while giving them a future.
This campaign aims to increase awareness about FGM and raise funds for Alternative Rite of Passage for at least 10,000 girls who are at risk of facing the cut.
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Say No to FGM #endFGM
- It is estimated that between 100 and 140 million girls and women currently live with the most consequences of FGM, most of them in 28 African countries
- FGM in Kenya has been on a decline (32% in 2003 and 21% in 2014)
- Prevalence has remained highest among the Somali (97%), Kisii (96%), Kuria (96%) and the Maasai (93%), relatively low among the Kikuyu, Kamba and Turkana, and rarely practiced among the Luo and Luhya.
- In Africa, 3 million girls face the risk of undergoing FGM every year
Kazana – Amref Health Africa Ant-FGM song by Kambua
Through the Amref Health Africa Alternative Rite of Passage project, more than 11,000 girls have been saved fro the life-threatening effects of FGM, let’s give girls a chance to change the world. #endFGM