We have vilified female genital mutilations calling for an end to such violent and inhumane treatment of young girls. Yet, now we are faced with girls as young as 14 and their parents electing to undergo cosmetic genital surgery.
Rebecca Lolosoli is much more than the matriarch of Umoja Village, an all women’s community located in the Samburu District of Kenya. She put herself on the line for others…her life has been threatened for going against the indigenous Samburu traditions and culture. What started in 1991 as a group of 16 raped women, denounced and outcast by their families, on a patch of sun-dried, neglected land, granted to them by the Kenyan government at the behest of Rebecca is today a unique group of 50 flourishing, happy women and girls, orphans and widows and even a few beloved goats. They had been facing social and economic difficulties and were abandoned by their families, or were fleeing domestic violence, forced marriage, or female genital mutilation (FGM).
April 15, 2010
File | NATION Nominated Member of Parliament Sophia Abdi Noor was barely eight years old when her mother ‘blessed’ her to undergo the rite of passage that would cleanse her and make her acceptable for marriage according to tradition. The ordeal she underwent and the consequences made her launch a campaign against the female cut.