REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Kenya supports AU initiative to end FGM. Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), February 11, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Health, Sicily Kariuki today attended the launch of the African Union initiative on Ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Africa dubbed Saleema Initiative.

Speaking on behalf of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, at the event the CS said Kenya remains committed to the African Common position on ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and will continue to take the relevant measures towards the total elimination of this harmful practice.

The initiative was launched by H.E Roch Marc Christian Kabore,’ the President of Burkina Faso who is the African Champion on elimination of FGM.

The CS said Kenya has taken measures to address the harmful practice of FGM that denies girls their full enjoyment of human rights by undertaking various legislative, policy and other interventions as envisioned in the Common African Position.

She said the Government of Kenya is currently implementing vaious policies among them the National Policy on Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence, the National Policy on Human Rights and the National Policy for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation.

 

“We have also enhanced community involvement through capacity building targeting law enforcement officers and traditional Council of Elders. The involvement of elders in the fight against FGM has brought on board more men in the fight against FGM who are male champions of the rights of girls to protection and education,” she said.

 

The CS highlighted that has no medical benefit but instead contributes to health complications relating to maternal and infant health.

She noted that communities that practice FGM have poor maternal, child and infant health statistics and noted that majority of women who have been cut required medical attention at some time in their lives for problems related to the procedure they underwent.

She added, Female cutting is also a precursor for child marriages and to safe guard the rights of children in particular girls, Kenya launched the campaign to end child marriage in 2016, to compliment and scale up on-going efforts to end this harmful practice.

“Investing in solutions that protect and fulfil girls’ sexual health and rights creates a ripple effect benefiting families and communities,” the CS argued.

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