A national strategy to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya

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DR CHRISTIAN TURNER AND SIDDHARTH CHATTERJEE

On December 12, 2014, hundreds of young Samburu girls held a march in Maralal to protest against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Meanwhile, just a few kilometres away, a delegation of elders from Samburu came together to voice their total opposition to any efforts to end FGM in their community. Unfortunately, this remains a common refrain. Within many ethnic groups in Kenya, as elsewhere, FGM is a practice deeply embedded in traditional and cultural norms.

Female Genital Mutilation has numerous harmful effects on the physical, sexual and psychological health of girls and women. In the 21st century, no woman or girl should suffer or die due to FGM. Any effort to eradicate it must involve uncompromising political will and leadership, backed up by strong measures and collective actions at community level. The good news is that this is happening in Kenya, where FGM is a declining practice.

FGM rates among 15 – 49 year olds have declined from 37.6pc to 27.1pc over a ten-year period. However, with one in four girls in Kenya still being cut, the percentage remains too high, and efforts to end the practice need to be stepped up. With increasing numbers of Kenyan women and girls calling for an end to FGM, their voices must now be heard.

Today is World Day for Zero Tolerance to FGM. The UK Government, together with the United Nations Joint Programme on FGM/C (UNFPA-UNICEF) wish to take this opportunity to recognize the achievements to date of the Government of Kenya towards eradicating female genital mutilation, and to reaffirm our commitment to supporting them in their efforts to end FGM within a generation.

The UK Government supports the UN Joint Programme on FGM/C in 17 countries as well as The Girl Generation, a campaign team working to galvanise the Africa-led movement to end FGM. Both programmes are active in Kenya and work closely with the government here. The UN Joint Programme works with local partners to deliver community education programmes to highlight the issues around FGM and to advocate for ‘Alternative Rites of Passage’, in which the girl experiences all the elements of the ceremony marking the transition to womanhood, but is not cut. This approach can be highly effective, as evidenced by declining rates of FGM in Kenya, including in Meru County.

The challenges facing eradication remain significant, and many now believe the time has come for a National Strategy to end FGM within a single generation. But what might such a strategy look like?

First and foremost, it must reflect the voices and efforts of those women and communities already speaking out against FGM. It must be country-led and have the full support of all parts of the government, and political will down to the county level. The county Governors must be at the vanguard, as many have committed to be. The reach of governmental bodies together with civil society partners would enable greater dissemination of information, especially by the use of public broadcasting services such as television and radio. Political will could also be expressed through the institutionalization of a wide range of measures targeting the elimination of FGM. A National Strategy should seek to bring all players together, so that we all speak with one voice.

Kenya is a country that represents a challenge of size and diversity of ethnic groups. The Government of Kenya took a very positive step in the formation of a dedicated Anti-FGM board, with the sole focus of eliminating female genital mutilation from Kenyan society. To enable it to carry out its remit, that body should now be given the full weight of the law, including on measures of enforcement, which would require strong national and county level political support.

FGM as a practice is strongly tied to tribal and religious traditions. It is a community norm, a social contract that the entire tribe or village undertakes together. This is an important factor to consider and understand. Eliminating FGM would therefore require the endorsement of the entire community, women and men alike. Any national strategy must work on a community-by-community basis. There will be no ‘one size fits all’ solution, and the influencers will differ across communities. We must also be clear that it is possible for community traditions to be honoured in ways that do not endanger the health, basic human rights, or even lives of the girls and women within that community.

The aim of a national strategy will ultimately be not only to eliminate FGM, but in doing so to empower millions of Kenyan girls and women, enabling them to play a full and unhindered role in society. In the words of Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), “human development cannot be fully achieved as long as women and girls continue to suffer from this human rights violation or live in fear of it.”

The First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, has herself said: “we as a country must aspire to achieve a zero FGM status where every girl can go to school, find and fulfil her destiny, enjoy her rights and contribute to nation building.”

Today we celebrate Zero Tolerance for FGM. It is a time for partners to stand together and be counted, for all of us to come together behind the Government of Kenya and to support their efforts to end FGM in a generation.

Female Genital Mutilation has no role whatsoever to play in the 21st Century. Together, we can consign it to the history books once and for all.

(Dr Turner is the British High Commissioner to Kenya while Chatterjee is the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative to Kenya)

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  • Robert Munyui Kamunyu

    FGM PROSTITUTION CASTRATION CURSE BY

    PARENTS- THE BUTCHERS O F WOMANHOOD ( THE COVENANT OF THE FLESH).

    When God told Abraham to sign the covenant of the flesh, he
    circumcised all the male children and he was circumcised. The message was
    direct and in a plain language. GENESIS 17: 1-27. The agreement was
    strategically initiated and the male child grew beholding daily his agreement
    with God at every call of nature throughout his married life.. The covenant of
    the flesh for a man is with ease to behold with no ill feelings or regrets
    without medication required afterwards in life. When God told Moses that the Children
    of Israel shall not circumcise their girls, the message was given in a
    spiritual language and bore two warnings. The Israelis parents shall not
    sexually mutilate their daughters and fathers we commanded not have carnal
    knowledge (incest) of their daughters making them prostitutes. Fgm prostitution
    is a satanic sacrifice for a woman, of secrecy with miseries and constrains of
    disgrace to behold accompanied by many cases of traumatic child delivery
    requiring medication. There is no fold of a fore skin in a sexual organ of a
    woman to cut round that hides dirty stuffs that stinks. There is no part of her
    sexual organ that rots as she grows old from childhood. There are blunt lies of
    those women anointed by satan to propagate fgm when they claim women that are
    not cut stinks. Homes ,cities and countries where fgm is not practiced would
    have been stinking hell if their claim is true which would have been an open
    truth known by all. The devil is the father of lies and his accomplished do the
    falsehood. Fgm is the most horrible heart breaking tribute to satanic sacrifice
    in parenthood accepted and appreciated by many communities. They have given fgm
    prostitution a satanic religious positive face value with wholesome none
    existent cleanliness which is mockery to wisdom and Word of truth. Today those
    women who favor fgm feel their marriages are under attack and endangered with
    the unfolding truth on falsified physical and spiritual beneficial issues
    acclaimed in fgm. Even when some advocate for not cutting much for her benefit
    and her husband ,this vindicate the opening door of intended sexual deprivation
    and suppression for the girl child bearing
    all the shortcomings of fgm. All they have is to tell epic of lies to
    keep their husbands mentally caged in culture and remain relevant to their
    husbands. When some women vouch for safe mother child delivery, the devil is in
    front with others women in destroying the very gate way of safe mother child delivery system in fgm without iota of
    remorse. Parents pay homage to satan in fgm.
    In old days old women who had undergone fgm used to pass direct messages
    to young men initiates that a woman once she grows old the man if he wanted and
    wished to marry another woman he should do so and not disturb her. It was clear
    message for the young men that past child bearing age they were not readily
    available for their husbands at their matrimonial bed. During fgm initiation
    ceremonies immoral cultural songs are accepted and openly sang for a satanic
    banquet giving satan a clear firm free field day.

    Let men love
    those ladies who have under gone the awful risk of unkind cut in Christ’s Love
    that bonds on

    love. Let those ladies not condemn themselves . Let them abound in dignified
    liberty that is in Christ and enjoy full life and do away with satanic barbaric
    fgm for their daughters. The devil has his own even among the smart elites in
    every society that will justify evils under all costs. Fgm is a demonic act
    associated with the existent of parenthood and the devil who has given it a
    religious backing a cover up of deceptive acceptance. There are women who have
    undergone fgm and they hold and tell the bear truth on issues based on fgm. May
    God Almighty shower them with blessings of fortitude of grace to forbear the
    deprivations done in fgm. In fgm prostitution persecution castration parents
    are engaged in a clear active respectable satanic open sacrifice. They indulge
    themselves in orgy of mutilating the very womanhood of their own girl child for
    none existing morality for God. Fgm is the smart satanic strategic morality sacrifice hidden
    tragically and endorsed by many parents across all social status around the
    world. Parents have their own zeal of faith in fgm and have established their
    own righteousness not according to righteousness of God in the knowledge of his
    Word. Roman 10:1-4. Parents spearhead the immoral act in fgm which is a
    covenant of flesh and blood with satan for society morality. Many fathers are
    bonded and bound by it and sink to abyss of solemn silence even when children
    and youth raise a protest the battle of minds against fgm. Satan has for
    generations perfectly cushioned fgm in many families parenthood which is un
    institution of tender care and love as the acceptable way of life. It is the
    time Satan tragically prevails in honor in parenthood. Fgm is the parental dear
    paradox regarding girls chastity. On fgm sin enslavement , fathers play the
    pivot role in sexually crippling their daughters behind the scene having been
    entangled and snared by Satan as it were with Eve and Adam in garden of Aden.
    There are parents comfortably settled down on mutilating their young girls for
    community social acceptance and honor at families managed alter of satan. This
    defeats any iota of holy love and care for the girl child under fgm, bawling
    for mercy when heaped on her shoulders empty promises bearing the burden of the
    family and the society morality placed on her very womanhood in fgm operation .

    The knowledge on
    the difference between a circumcised woman and a woman who had not faced the
    evil cut was exploited by the Hebrew Midwives, Shiphrah and Puah as their
    reason for saving the men children alive contrary to the King of Egypt
    instructions for their ultimate death at birth for they were easily delivered.
    Pharaoh was aware that the Egyptians women went through Pharaonic circumcision
    or infibulations and the difficulties they faced in delivering children were
    known to him thus he agreed with the midwives answer. God has promised our
    beloved sisters save child delivery in holiness. 1Timothy 2: 15 .Girls who had
    the evil cut cannot pass the threshold of Divine virginity since they
    sacrificed their fresh to demonic world. Their virginity in marriage is
    according to satanic standards since they have been defiled with humanity demonic
    practices. All traditional women circumcisers die poor for Satan keep them poor
    to their trade. The girl child holds no battle field of faith in her defiled
    crippled

    sexual state. She is sexually excavated, sexually muted and sexually crippled.
    Girls who face the evil cut are leftovers from the alter of Satan and for a man
    marrying her is equal to sharing a wife with Satan. Man takes in darkness the
    marriage supper in darkness the left over from the alter of Satan us the
    dictate of demonic cultures. FGM is a form of partial castration for a
    womanhood. Man is commanded by GOD to give his wife her conjugal wrights
    benefits and also the woman to the same for its a shared joy. 1Corithians
    1:1-4. FGM is the worthless and the unnecessary worst evil committed on a girl
    child by her parents .How can a sexually mutilated woman deliver joy in Divine
    state to her husband while sexual joy was removed from her in fgm. Circumcision
    in man does not alter his sexual ability articulations base freedom.

    In fgm operation,
    parents are heartless and lack ornaments of a holly heart. The formidable
    aggressive force against womanhood in fgm from her very parent is beyond many
    girls scarce ability to withstand. The mother’s love towards her girl child, in
    change of events is full of momentarily intimidation to her uncut state seen as
    unbearable and unclean . They are faithful dependable apostles and ministers of
    satan bound in perpetuating fgm who taunt young girls on their uncut status
    which is a state of social mental torture for some hard to bear. Finally some
    face the martyrdom of womanhood in fgm for demonic cultural purity cleansing
    acceptance reborn . To them, immorality is put to an end. The devil’s strike on
    womanhood is immortalized in a cultural religious ceremony given a cover up of
    wholesome acceptance by elders present us custodian pillars of demonic cultural
    sexual slavery established. Love cannot fathom the era of zeal outburst in fgm
    prostitution castration ordeal that ravage the garden of love and joy enhanced
    in agony of cultural honor by parents in chopping and tearing the helm of
    womanhood at hilt. What is left is a figure of womanhood. In fgm operation,
    parents are heartless and lack ornaments of an open holly heart. Fgm hidden
    heinous sin actively defines parents in demonic world of culture gripped by
    satan but not in God. They are

    faithful dependable apostles and ministers of satan bound in perpetuating fgm
    with willing evil hands . Parents and

    close relatives continuously taunt young girls on their uncut status which is a
    state of social mental torture for some hard to bear. Finally some face the
    martyrdom of womanhood in fgm for demonic
    cultural purity cleansing reconciliation acceptance . To them,
    immorality is put to an end. This is the mind boggling formidable sin of

    honorable atrocities endorsed even cerebrated by many learned parents in
    propagating the grave yard of womanhood.

    Fgm prostitution
    is a satanic prime reward sacrifice more tied to man as the enforcer but he
    does not bear the physical scaring scars sufferings women go through silently
    with physiological scars and no Christian should apply it in life. Christian
    should eliminate FGM with ability given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus
    Christ for in him there are no generation curses. Christians must redeem the
    time and not be foolish in daily life. The sex organ of a woman is not a battle
    field of faith for man in God. Men must purge social evils from their hearts,
    minds and not from the sexual organs of women in fgm operation ruins. Fgm was
    started by men and they must battle it to a dead end. It is a deeply rooted
    cultural battle field they can win overnight. It takes less than two hrs to
    teach men and women on Biblical perspective of fgm ills to bring it to a dead
    end. The survival of young girls from
    fgm is in the hands of parents and men. Men must salvage girls from fgm
    in the hands culturally enslaved women. Their hands are washed with innocent
    blood of young girls sacrificed to satan in fgm. Fgm betrays and dwindle the
    full dignity of men in faith in God.

    Men have

    wrongly pegged their dignity in faith in God to the sex organ of a woman. A
    woman body in Divine state is a natural refresher for the man in trace of his
    Holy Creator. Men should appreciated they are delivered safely to the world
    from the womb and should never wage waves of wars of atrocities against
    womanhood. Men can break the cultural religious zeal in fgm for the dignity of
    the girl child. Fathers bear the absolute responsibilities in delivering girls
    to the platform of victory against fgm predicaments. When fathers say no to fgm
    ,young men are automatically on board against fgm. Fgm is the chronic moral
    disorder in a man bonded to satan in culture. Fgm was started by men as a tool
    of sexual depression in women in war of virgins waged by men who later brought
    it forward to women to propagate it in inherent zeal unknown before. Where is
    even the spiritual virginity of girls mutilated by men in martyrdom of
    womanhood? Legend has it that men were going for wars for a very long time
    against others communities and on return they found their beautiful young wives
    and girls were sexually molested and impregnated by the old men that were left
    behind . Sexual depression and deprivation were introduced in fgm as a tool of
    sexual suppression oppression. The macabre of fgm castration was left settled
    in hands of parents . Can any wise God fearing parents subject their daughters
    to fgm to justify in a religious manner the sin of grandfathers for their past
    historical generation sexual immorality dynasty pacification cover up? Fgm
    remains the grandfathers generation to generation curse and sexual social
    slavery for culturally battered women. Men must soberly disengage themselves
    honorary behind the scene for being the custodian pillars of sin of fgm making
    the sex organs of women as the moral battle fields of faith in God and call fgm
    the bygone unjust case of mayhem. Fgm foe must be purged from the battle field
    of minds and hearts of men in order of give girls social justice and enable women
    to overcome fgm. Youth must diligently determine the breaking and leveling of
    grandfathers extra ordinary generation curse in fgm grip to enable girls walk
    over it to freedom. This is the present single generation gigantic cultural
    crush win for youth to freedom from shackles of cultural sexualslavery in fgm.

    Man cannot seek
    Holy Almighty God in mirror of fgm castration. The sin of fgm castration is in
    the harbor of men and fathers hearts who hold firmly fgm as a stronghold for
    their source of morality enrichment support and for women. The faith of man in
    God cannot be rooted and stayed in mutilated sex of a woman for him to remain
    holy in God. Fgm remains the worst religious dogma with elite religious
    support. This has given satan the upper arm in force religions. Man must stand
    on his two feet and seek his relationship with his Holly Creator not based on
    sin of having his hand on a firm filthy grip in mayhem of butchering womanhood
    and melting away behind the scene after fgm castration. Man is outwitted by the
    devil in fgm The end of fgm is simple. When fathers decide that they will not

    sacrifice their daughter to satan in fgm and men decide they will not have fgm
    in marriage, that will usher to ultimate celebrated end of fgm. There is no
    trade without customers. Fgm was a satanic sacrifice done by men and today done
    for men perceived benefits . Men have traded
    fgm with satan for sexual supremacy over women for generations
    immemorial. When men do away with fgm, there will be no more fgm atrocities
    blood bath. This is the way forward for men who stand in truth and just
    righteousness who acknowledge and live
    in purpose of Divine knowledge in Divine wisdom order. For now wisdom beg for
    understanding, rescue and redemption of parents

    enslaved in cultural prostitution
    castration of their daughters in culture desert of fgm. Let Christian
    parents know fgm is a satanic sacrifice with no spiritual and physical
    benefits. Fgm remains a monster in the hands of parents

    which the clergy are not able to handle effectively spiritually. Some religious leaders lukewarm attitude towards
    fgm has given parents face saving values which helps the perpetuation and
    legitimizing of the heinous act of fgm carnage among Christians. This is the soft accommodation landing ground for
    many culturally strong willed parents in fgm with their heads held honorary
    high without brushing and bashing from the preaching fraternity. When the
    religious leaders hav e a firm stand against fgm, it will be the drastic end of
    fgm among Christians around the world.

    Come and be
    renewed at the throne of grace for Christ is full of love and mercy for your
    free sanctification and redemption. The cradle of hope in Christ Jesus radiates
    the inner person in peace who forgives in perfect love and cannot be deformed.
    Let the abundant love of Christ prevail in your yielding enabling life of
    righteousness in Christ Jesus. His unfailing love full of grace is sufficient
    for your triumph future without compromise. The Church is cleansed and
    perfectly restored for His own glory. Love covers multitudes of sins and
    weakness . Jehovah God break the yoke of Satan in fgm prostitution castration
    atrocities at family pillars for the fulfillment of your internal glory. AMEN.

    GOD OUTLAWED FGM WHICH WAS FORBIDDEN AND WRITTEN IN
    SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE, Leviticus 19:28-29. The message is freely given purely to
    the body of JESUS CHRIST worldwide.

    Bro. Robert Munyui Kamunyu

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