Wednesday, November 4, 2009

FGM and it's effect World vision ,Plan international what do you know?

According to Kenya’s gender Minister Esther Murugi(who is my friend), FGM continues to be practiced by 37 tribes in Kenya, ten years after it was abolished and despite the negative social consequences (early marriage and school dropout) and serious health risks.
Earlier in September when we were launching our campaign in Berlin to emphasis on protection of sponsored girls
600 schoolgirls sponsored girls of world vision ,Plan international,MAA collectively fled their upcoming mutilation,We are talking of one month alone! from the statistics of the ministry of gender in Kenya... ask your self how many girls did not make it to the church where they sought refuge? do the sponsors know this?
Fausia Hassan, now 13, remembers the moment, on a quiet Sunday night, when her mother summoned her.

"My daughter, come in," her mother said nearly four years ago, summoning her into a room in their house. "My daughter tomorrow is your D-day; you will be circumcised," her mother blurted out.

The following morning, she recalls, she was made to undergo infibulation, or Type III, the most extreme and brutal form of female genital mutilation. Performed without any anesthesia, the clitoris and inner labia are cut and the walls of the outer labia are sewn together. Afterwards "the girl or woman's legs are generally bound together from the hip to the ankle so she remains immobile for approximately 40 days to allow for the formation of scar tissue," according to a U.S. State Department description of the ordeal.
Protecting girls from Female Genital Mutilation it's the duty of all!

An operation to reopen the vagina--de-infibulation--is often performed ritualistically before marriage or childbirth.

"Recutting before intercourse is traditionally undertaken by the husband or one of his female relatives using a sharp knife or a piece of glass," according to World Health Organization information about Type III. "Modern couples may seek the assistance of a trained health professional, although this is done in secrecy, possibly because it might undermine the social image of the man's virility."

Hassan, who grew up in Eldoret Town, in the Rift Valley province that runs down the center of the country, says that during the procedure she cried until she lost her voice.

She is just one of the many Kenyan girls and women who have undergone female genital mutilation after the passage of the Children's Act law. Passed by Parliament in 2001, the Children's Act outlaws various forms of violation against children, including FGM, for females 18 and younger.

About 14 other countries in Africa have passed similar laws against FGM. Djibouti joined the group on Thursday by ratifying the African Union's Maputo Protocol on female genital mutilation, which requires its member states to ban the practice. But activists in Kenya--sometimes identified as a leader in the anti-FGM campaign--say the country still has a long way to go.
Stronger Law Needed!
Beth Mugo, assistant minister for higher and technical education, criticizes the current Kenyan legislation for leaving women over the age of 18 with no legal grounds to resist FGM. "A bill needs to be enacted to criminalize the practice completely," says Mugo.

Former Minister of State for Home Affairs Linah Jebii Kilimo (My very close friend) says the practice is still widespread. She estimates that 38 percent of Kenyan women have undergone FGM and that the figure soars to 80 or 90 percent for school girls in some of the more rural districts. majority are sponsored girls by world vision and plan international....

"Despite legal instruments already in place, the government has not yet set all structures in place to fully implement their provisions," says Kilimo, who spoke with Women's eNews last September in Nairobi, during a conference about promoting the Maputo Protocol, part of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights that outlaws any form of abuse on women and was adopted in August 2003.

Kilmo says politicians are doing little to actively combat FGM because the practice is still so culturally ingrained and esteemed in Kenyan society. "Despite their actions in December 2001, Kenyan parliamentarians have showed reluctance to discuss FGM," she says. "Indeed it appears that politicians fear losing voters. As a result those who speak against it risk isolation by their peers." so let this organisations not lie to you that they are working with the local authorities because the local authorities are scared of losing the votes of the MUTILATORS!

Unlike other gender issues, such as access to education, FGM is viewed as cultural practice, which, if threatened, endangers the cohesion of an entire community, says Rukia Subow (a supporter of the mutilators,mutilation and a very strict muslim ), vice chair of Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization--or MYWO--a leading Kenyan women's rights group based in Nairobi. "FGM is considered most significant rite of passage to adulthood, enhancing tribal cohesion, providing girls with important recognition from peers." this is an organisation that is funded from the west and works hand in hand with world vision and plan international!

Protecting children becomes an obligation to many and a Nobel thing to do
Rite Now Cloaked in Secrecy

For centuries, FGM was performed openly in Kenya, sometimes as part of public village ceremonies. After being outlawed, however, it went underground. To the dismay of many anti-FGM advocates who worked to dissuade midwives from performing the traditional rite, it is conducted under a cloak of secrecy in more clinical environments, such as rural and small-city hospitals. There are even accounts of mobile FGM clinics, in which nurses and clinicians move from village to village, easily eluding police.

The practice is widely believed to increase a girl's chances of marriage, prevent promiscuity and promote easy childbirth. Women who do not circumcise their daughters run the risk of being seen as irresponsible, immoral and imitators of Western culture.
Pamela Mburia, program coordinator of Amwik,(in memory of Ann Ofula) an association of media women, says the fight against FGM is often left up to people with no commitment to it. Law enforcers, she says, can easily be related to someone who still performs the illegal rite.
Even those who are well schooled and influence the thinking of people in these communities believe in it and take girls for FGM," says Mburia. "How then do you expect a chief or sub-chief to enforce the law in such a situation?" a question that I leave to the World vision ,Plan international,CCF to answer to the world when you say you are working with the local authorities to bring this Evil to an end?
parting shot..... But the implications for the girls are never discussed; they are sacrificed for the perceived good of their communities.:)))))

Ambassador Lucy .s .Mashua President of Mashua's voice for the voiceless International
Assisting refugees in the US and representation in advocasy
The Global Ambassador for fighting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and standing up for Women’s Rights.
And the Chairperson of a worldwide campaign against FGM.