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.
AMWIK works to build a society that respects women’s rights and has over the years partnered with various organizations in implementing activities aimed at stopping gender based violence, which not only violates women’s rights but also militates against their advancement.
Under this programme, AMWIK has implemented the Stop FGM/C Campaign in partnership with the Italian Association for Women in Development (AIDOS) and Audiodoc which has involved awareness creation on FGM/C through community radio listening and media sensitization on use of radio audio documentaries as an innovative media tool to help foster the abandonment of FGM/C under the support of by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
AMWIK also implements various programmes to raise awareness of media and communities during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, with support from UNICEF. Other projects under this have included the simplification and dissemination of the Sexual Offences Act of 2004 to community members in select districts in the country and Creating Awareness on Violence against Women Using ICTs in Central Kenya, Media Campaign to End Workplace Sexual Violence and a campaign to counter human Trafficking in Kenya.
Under this programme AMWIK also focuses on increasing awareness of women’s human rights among communities in Kenya through human rights advocacy interventions, especially targeting marginalized and vulnerable groups that include the media, youth, victims, and minority ethnic groups.