NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 – As a young Maasai moran, Jeremiah Kutanya, had sworn never to marry a girl who is not circumcised.
He was determined to continue nurturing cultural practices he learnt from his father and grandfather during his transition to manhood.
It was very important for him to marry a girl who had undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Author: JUDIE KABERIA
It is a bit though to describe what is meant by culture per sec beyond its dictionary rhetoric. It has also been the most challenging term for most of delineated social scientists over decades. Scholars from different field of perspective have tried to come up with succinct definition of the word though they failed to pin down a single, comprehensive and binding meaning of the term. (...)
Among these off-putting cultural legacies, female genital mutilation is the major one which comes at the front line of the tendency. It has been practiced in a society of most developing countries in which traditional and cultural beliefs and prescription dominated the everyday life of the people.
Author: Bereket Sisay
Over 6 million women are victims of female genital mutilation across the six states in south west Nigeria, a group, New Initiative for Social Development, has said.
At a training organized for journalists in Ado-Ekiti, Wednesday, the group said that Oyo State has the highest figure with almost 2 million victims.
The training, tagged ‘Reduction of Discrimination and Violence against Women in South West. Nigeria,’ was organized with the support of the British High Commission.
Author: Ben Ezeamalu
MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Policy Coordinator of the Women in Peace Building Network, Tambah Johnson, has expressed disappointment over the failure of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to include the eradication of female genital mutilation in Liberia during her State of the Nation address.
Johnson praised the president for her support for women empowerment in the country but pressed for her to do more on this particular issue.
Author: Gbatemah Senah
Photo: Erik F. Brandsborg, Aktiv I Oslo.no
Kapenguria, Kenya: Two women were Wednesday arraigned before Kapenguria Principal Magistrate Court and charged with circumcising two girls.
Elizabeth Julius and Lulimle Chepnyorir were accused that on January 18 at Kapela village within West Pokot, they jointly subjected two girls to Female Genital Mutilation, contrary to the law.
Author: Irissheel Shanzu