Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death.
In 2012, the UN General Assembly designated 6 February as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. This day is observed to enhance awareness of the issue and to encourage concrete actions against the practice.
The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is an international awareness day promoting the abandonment of FGM, aiming to engage whole communities in focusing on human rights and gender equality and addressing the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from the consequences of FGM.
To promote the abandonment of FGM, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality. These efforts should emphasize societal dialogue and the empowerment of communities to act collectively to end the practice. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.
The Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) seeks to use the media to promote an informed and gender responsive society in Kenya and wider Africa. We continue to play an important role in various media and community awareness campaigns against child labour, child sexual abuse and various forms of child exploitation, including Female Genital Mutilation.
Having conducted inter-generational dialogue forums over the last 8 months in partnership with the Girl Generation on how to end FGM ,AMWIK started year 2018 with the launch of an essay/ arts competition in schools in Kuria, Migori County.