Kenya Approves the Female Genital Mutilation Law
Meaning, FGM is now a crime in Kenya and those found conducting it will serve up to 7 years in prison and fines of up to Sh500, 000.
Moreover, anyone who causes death in the process of carrying out FGM will be liable to life imprisonment. Kenya now follows a number of African governments that have outlawed the practice.
The prevalence of FGM/C is currently estimated at 32 percent between the ages of 15 and 49 in more than half the country’s districts that have under gone FGM with the prevalence being higher amongst the Somali, Abagusi and Maasai at 97, 96 and 94% respectively.
AMWIK had been actively campaigning for the abandonment of FGM using community radio listening groups amongst community groups in Garissa, Isiolo and Moyale.