Kenyan Girls Boycott Female Genital Mutiliation

April 23, 2011  |  

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an ancient tradition practiced in regions in the Middle East and various regions in Africa.  With FGM procedures either the clitoris, labia majora or both are removed with a sharpened object. Most times a knife, but there are stories where rocks have been used. Members of societies who perform FGM on young girls do so to make their daughters more suitable for marriage. It is believed that the tradition originated as a way to prevent women from committing adultery while their husbands were away. While the tradition is still practiced in some remote villages, increasingly more and more young women and their mothers are fighting against it.

AOL’s Black Voices details the story of two mother and daughter pairs in Pokot, Kenya. Both daughters are vehemently against enduring the procedure, while the one mother is confused and the other is putting her marriage on the line to spare her daughter from the knife.

You can read their stories here. There’s also footage of the girls, their families and community members discussing the traditions and consequences of FGM.

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