Kenya Ranked Number 3 Worldwide Among Top Perpetrators of Medicalization of FGM

Africa Coordinating Centre for Abandonment of FGM (ACCAF) Director Prof. Guyo Jaldesa delivers his address during the conference. Kenya has been ranked number three worldwide amongst top perpetrators of medicalization of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) behind Egypt and Sudan. Africa Coordinating Centre for Abandonment of FGM (ACCAF) Director Prof. Guyo Jaldesa defined medicalization as genital [...]

February 13th, 2018|

LAUNCH OF THE ACADEMIC NETWORK ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS POLICY (ANSER)

About The Academic Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy (ANSER) aims to become a global resource for SRHR policy research, education and service delivery by establishing an international platform for research on SRHR policy related topics; by developing a portfolio of education and training programmes on SRHR policy; and by fostering interaction between [...]

December 6th, 2016|

CELEBRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD AND LAUNCH THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF ACTIVISTS AGAINST FGM

Since 2012 the United Nations has marked 11th October as the day to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC). The day is set aside to raise awareness of gender inequalities that the girls face based on their gender, like girl child marriages and Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting.  It is also with the aim [...]

November 28th, 2016|

RESTORING GIRLS’ AND WOMEN’S DIGNITY

In honor of International Women's Day, Prof. Guyo Jaldesa (from the University of Nairobi) wrote about ACCAF’s work with support from the USAID, JSI’s Advancing Community Partners (APC) project . In many places around the world, the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women are tenuous at best, and years of progress can be washed [...]

March 8th, 2016|

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)

Today is the International Day for Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is the partial or total removal of female genitalia or other injury to the female genitalia for non medical reasons. 100-140 million girls have undergone FGM within the 28 countries in Africa that practice FGM and about 3 million at risk of [...]

February 6th, 2015|

SAMBURU ELDERS ENDORSE FGM AS A CRITICAL CULTURAL RITE

Late last year, a group of Samburu elders met together to deliberate on insecurity in their community. While discussing interventions that they would initiate, the group declared that FGM/C remained an important cultural practice that needs to continue. One man who was later interviewed affirmed the position of the group, going on to say that any [...]

January 19th, 2015|

SHOULD DOCTORS COLLECT FGM/C DATA DURING ANTENATAL CARE?

Doctors need to step up the fight against FGM/C. FGM/C impacts women during child birth, leading to obstetric complications like prolongation of second stage labour, tears and subsequently fistula or episiotomy so as to remove the obstruction. If the obstetrician is caught unaware, he or she will resort to performing a C-section on the mother. Others [...]

January 16th, 2015|

ADVOCACY AGAINST FGM / FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION ACT 2011.

This week at a validation workshop in a hotel in Nairobi several implementing partners in advocacy against FGM/C met to validate an abridged version of the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act 2011. One of the interpretations of the law proposed partly states that if a woman consents to undergo FGM/C, she has not committed an [...]

December 10th, 2014|

SHOULD FGM/C CIRCUMCISERS FACE TOUGHER JAIL TERMS?

The December holiday season in Kenya comes with a lot of activities, one of which is female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Patterns in the practice of FGM/C are now shifting from traditional hyped ceremonies to secret ceremonies performed at night, with only members of the household present. This shift makes it difficult to trace the circumcisers, who [...]

December 1st, 2014|