A Step in the Right Direction

Cases of female genital mutilation have declined across the country with statistics indicating a drop of at least five percent every five years. A study done on girls aged between 15- 19 years shows that the vice has dropped from 38 percent in 1998 to 27 percent in 2011. While this is a good sign that the vice is ebbing away, it is only an indication that as a country we have taken a step in the right direction. According to Martha Tureti, The World Vision National Gender Coordinator, in every ten girls aged between 15-19 years, three of them have gone through the cut. She is seen here speaking in Kipkonyo Primary School in Naivasha where over 100 girls graduated after undergoing an alternative rite of passage. She cites cultural beliefs to be a major hindrance to their progress to eradicate the vice, but she is hopeful of change in the future.