Impact so far
The trained Imams are working tirelessly to explain to conservative religious and clan leaders, and to the community at large, that the practice had no basis in Islam by giving the correct religious view on the practice and disseminating anti-FGM/C messages. This has sparked discussion and dialogue, inspiring individuals and the community to question their own belief on the FGM/C practice.
The trained Maalimats are facilitating sessions which have empowered young girls, adolescents, and women who have already undergone the practice to speak up to other women and share their experiences to inspire and protect their younger siblings and the next generation. Expressions of dissent are of paramount importance towards eradicating FGM/C because the voices bring authenticity and vulnerability to the conversation. Speaking from their own experiences to their peers, parents, younger sisters, daughters, and the world at large, hence, carrying an exceptional power to effect change.
By the end of the project, we anticipate reaching 2000 girls and boys age 10+ as direct beneficiaries with anti-FGM/C messages that are geared towards empowering them to say no to FGM/C; 20,000 community men and women sensitized on the harmful effects of FGM/C with an expected outcome of abandoning the practice. Also, we’ll have established three Multi-Sectoral anti-FGM/C Lobby Groups and 20 Clusters/Clubs at schools/madrassas where girls and boys age 10+ receive counsel and monitor any FGM/C activities amongst themselves.
"We have managed to conduct outreaches at community events like weddings, funerals, women support group meetings, madrassas and during the weekly women gatherings at the local Mosques.
"After being trained by KCIU on the harmful effects of FGM/C and that it was not a religious obligation as previously portrayer, and with the legal frameworks in place against the practice, we now have the knowledge, strength and religious back-up through the support of the Imams to stop and end FGM/C in our community.
'Already, we have 19 households who have decided not take their girls for the cut! These girls shall now be ensured of staying in school through to high school and therefore be able to understand their rights as enshrined in religion and the Constitution of Kenya, get employment of even start their own businesses and own properties that they can manage' says Ajabo, another Ambassador volunteering in the Project."
"My site visit to KCIU began with an extremely helpful insight into the demography and traditions of the local community in Nakuru. Muslims in Nakuru account for 20% of the overall population and by the age of 15, 97.7% of girls from these communities are subject to FGM/C - of these, 73% receive Type 3. Furthermore, 21% of the new HIV cases in Nakuru are recorded in AGYW aged between 15 and 24 years. FGM/C is a widely accepted practice which marks a girls transition into 'womanhood' and is often accompanied by an early/ forced marriage, both of which significantly increase vulnerability to HIV. I found it both surprising and interesting to learn that the cutting ceremonies often occur without the consent or knowledge of male partners or guardians and instead, are almost always perpetuated by female members of the community including the girls themselves."
"For the first half of the day, I was invited to meet with the chief imam of the entire region, several regional Imams and a number of female anti-FGM/C Outreach Ambassadors at the local Mosque. I was incredibly impressed by how quickly KCIU had been able to r4ecruit such influential members of the community to proactively disassociate the practice of FGM/C from Islam in their religious teachings.'
Site Visitor to the centre (anonymous)
In Partnership with Kenya Council of Imams And Ulamaa
Supported by Positive Action for Women & Girls