“We Say No!”: Zero Tolerance of FGM Day 2018
Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is a dangerous violation of women and girls’ human rights. It leads to many harmful outcomes for survivors, including child marriage, leaving school, and maternal mortality.
In our community, more than 80% of women have undergone FGM, but at Kakenya’s Dream, we stand with the survivors, parents, advocates, and lawmakers next door and around the world saying “no” to FGM.
Ending FGM lies at the heart of our work. When girls enroll at the Kakenya Center for Excellence boarding school, their parents or guardian sign a pledge to never permit their child to undergo FGM.
Traditionally, talking about FGM is a taboo, but from youth trainings to community dialogues, we are starting the conversation, educating about its risks, and empowering people to say “no” for good: