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Kenya Council of Imams and ULAMAA (KCUI)

The Need

Female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) are practiced within several Muslim communities of Sub-Sahara Africa, including Kenya’s. The most common is type III infibulations at 75 % of the reported cases in the community. KCIU is targeting Muslim community girls, women and men in Nakuru, Laikipia and Baringo Counties whose total population is 2,395,762 (KNBS 2009, Kenya).

 

Muslims account for 20% of this population, that include a large proportion of migrants of Somali origin, 97.7% practicing FGM/C and type III infibulations at 75 % of the reported cases in the community. The Kenya demographic health survey indicates that 84% of FGM/C procedures are done between the ages of 7-15 within these counties. At this age, after the procedure has been done, most of the girls drop out of both regular and religious schools to be married off.