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.