Communities have been called upon to work closely with government agencies and Non-Governmental organizations in ensuring an FGM zero-tolerance Nation.
Speaking on Friday at Mogotio Centre during anti-FGM campaign forum ,Ms Aszed Wendo from Dandelion Africa-an NGO working towards empowering Women and girls in rural areas says the vice can be 100 percent eliminated through collective sensitization of the communities.
While noting that the vice has continued to be carried out by individuals and some families but secretly in some areas of Banita and Kisanana in Rongai and Mogotio sub counties, Ms Wendo said the vice has continue to deprive off girls their rights.
Under the hashtag ‘Usinitoe Utamu’ (right to education and good health etc), the Mogotio based organization is now running a campaign involving boys and girls (Dandelion Boys for change and Girls for Leadership) who are now anti-FGM ambassadors.
According to Ms Wendo who is also the Director Dandelion Africa, the collective responsibility will greatly help the society in the fight against FGM and any other Gender based violence.
“We are here to sensitize the society on the effects of FGM and to help shun the vice which is denying our girls and women their rights. It is a call to all of us in society including boys and men in collaboration with the government to ensure such is achieved” she said.
Sentiments echoed by area Assistant County Commissioner 1 Grace Ng’ang’a’ who called for need to enhance reporting mechanisms.
She also called on the office of the Director of Public Prosecution and the Police to work in collaboration in ensuring that there is enough evidence in prosecuting cases of FGM.
“The government is very committed in the fight against FGM and we call on public to help by reporting whenever they see such cases” she said.
Dandelion Africa also slammed those advocating for the vice and moving to court to have it allowed in society.
According to Ms Wendo, those advocating for the vice should come out clear and inform the society what the benefits which she says there are none except for depriving off girls and women their rights.
“As Dandelion we are opposed to the move by the individuals calling themselves medics and have moved to court to have the vice allowed. It is clear now FGM is causing harm and has no any good to the girls and women” she said.
She however lauded the society which she says has continued to understand the effects of FGM and now embracing the sensitization forums on the same.
This she said has been reflected in the statistics in Mogotio Sub County as far as FGM cases are concerned with one Ms Elizabeth Chepkorir who used to perform the vice on girls and women opting to shun and become ambassador for change in society.
Besides, Dandelion Boys for change and girls for leadership led by Collins Omondi and Mary Kerubo are optimistic that their voice as a battalion of boys and girls will be heard in the fight against FGM.
“We believe we are the voice of the society and therefore we are on a mission to ensure an FGM-free society” they said.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Director Dandelion Africa Ms Aszed Wendo( in blue) and and Anti FGM ambassador Ms Elizabeth Chepkorir addressing media in Mogotio on 30th November 2018 during a senitization forum against FGM.