KISII, Kenya, July 1, 2020 – Kisii County has the third-highest rate of Female Genital Mutilation in the country, authorities have confirmed.
Shockingly, dispute the vice having been outlawed in Kenya, FGM has been medicalized, with doctors and other medical practitioners undertaking it.
In fact, the spike in the incidences of FGM in Kisii County is directly attributed to medicalisation.
Speaking in Kisii County during the Anti-FGM Board meeting, the CAS, Ministry of Gender Rachael Shebesh regretted that those engaging in the illegal practice are innovative and now use medical practitioners to circumvent the law.
CAS Shebesh said that in order to end this vice, the society should change the mindset and attitude. “For every 10 girls, you find 9 of them have undergone the practice,” she said.
She directed the security officers to close down health facilities that carry out FGM and arrest the perpetrators.
Kisii County Woman Representative, Caucus Caren Magara decried the spiralling cases of Gender-Based Violence and FGM. She attributed the surge to the fact that perpetrators are not arrested and charged in the court.
At the same time, the Woman Rep’ she regretted that victims are reluctant to report due to intimidation and the fear of ostracization by the community. She underscored the need for perpetrators to be brought to account.
She further observed that Kangaroo courts had also contributed to the increase of the incidents with families of the victims and perpetrators negotiating matters without involving authorities.
Kisii County Assembly Youth, Culture, Gender, Sports and Social Service led by Evans Mokoro said that they have set aside a budget to facilitate public awareness and sensitization against FGM.
On his part, Kisii County Commissioner Stephen Kihara directed the local chiefs and assistants to be vigilant in the fight against FGM.
Kisii County CEC Administration and Stakeholders Management Ednah Kangwana said the county government is committed to zero tolerance to gender-based violence and FGM.
Somali, Samburu, Kisii and Nyamira counties are leading in FGM in Kenya.
more recommended stories
Why Obama Still Drives Republicans Nuts
By Damon Linker Last week, a.
There’s A Gorilla Baby Boom Happening In Uganda
One week after a man was.
Court Acquits Suspects In Murder Trial of 6 Bouncers In Busia
BUSIA, Kenya, August 6, 2020 –.
Reprieve For 22 Kisii County Officers As Gov’t Withdraws Directive For Self-Quarantine
KISII, Kenya, August 6, 2020 –.
Equity Bank, Crown Healthcare Seal Pact To Enable SMEs Acquire Medical Equipment
NAIROBI, Kenya, August 5, 2020 –.
Lake Victoria South Water Agency donates Water Tanks to Kisii County To Curb Covid-19
KISII, Kenya, August 5, 2020 –.
Kenya To Establish Government-Run Shelter For Victims Of Trafficking
NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya is set.
Trump Now Calls For Delay To 2020 US Election
US President Trump calls for delaying.
Swiss Special Prosecutor Launches Criminal Proceedings Against Fifa President, Gianni Infantino
The Swiss special prosecutor has commenced.
Startimes, UNESCO Unveil Joint Campaign Against Misinformation On COVID-19
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 30, 2020 –.