The following activities were carried out during the months July to September 2012;
Details of Activities
32 girls were recruited by community mobilisers for training. Their ages ranged from 11 years to 15 years and were all considered to be girls at high risk of being put through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), to drop out of school and married off by their parents and or abducted by their suitors.
The seminar was designed to prepare the girls to be acceptable members of the society even though they had not passed through the cruel cut since such girls faced discrimination and considered to be unmarriageable within community regardless of their age. They were ostracized by both peers and called such names as “cowards” and the elders would not give them audience in social gatherings.
A GIRL’S STORY
First of all I have learnt more concerning FGM and all in all I knew that it is a very bad thing that can affect the life of a girl. During our seminar we have been taught about very many things like how we can escape rape when we are in trouble.
There are even diseases like STIs which we have normally experienced or talked about in schools. For me I can say that I have learnt more and I am able to identify and know the sign of every disease as we have been taught by our teacher. Then we knew the effects of circumcision. So I individual I have learnt more about FGM.
So I want to thank our teachers for your coming and teach us about how to overcome FGM so we appreciate your coming and also we welcome you next time.
May almighty God bless you abundantly.”
The community elders are recognized as leaders in their own homesteads and are responsible for their family and property. Elders offer advice, sit and participate in the village disciplinary meetings and make decisions that affect the society.
The 30 participants said that FGM was done in secret since they did not want to be confronted by the Anti-FGM Activists and authorities. They blamed the women for the perpetuation of the practice. They were completely ignorant of how the exercise of FGM was carried out. Some of the Men insisted that the complications which we explained to them such as prolonged and Obstructed labour and damage to the genitalia were non existent and that their parents went through the practice without any problem. We wondered how they would know this yet men waited in isolation as women helped fellow women with labour pains to give birth as men waited till they heard a newborn’s first cry.
During the period under review, 35 women were sensitised about FGM. The women admitted that they engaged in FGM so that their girls could get married. They all agreed that they had to grapple with the negative effects of FGM since they were all victims and therefore were willing to let go of the practice for the sake of their girls. Unlike men, the women were more cooperative and even contributed a lot of ideas and experiences about the fact that girls, after going through FGM, were more disobedient and refused to go to school and elope with circumcised young men.
Cherish Others Organisation remains grateful for the support from you individual donor at Global Giving for giving warmly towards alleviating the suffering of the Maasai Girl Child by combating FGM within her reach.
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