Together in the fight against FGM
Alongside mothers, nurses, religious leaders and community elders, Samburu warriors Robert (left), Matthew (middle) and Josephat (right) are working hard to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in their community.
FGM is a procedure that intentionally alters or causes injury to the female genital organs. It is a deeply embedded social norm that is thousands of years old. It happens for a range of reasons to do with becoming a ‘proper’ woman and is often considered essential for marriage.
“I’ve seen so many complications as a result of FGM,” says Josephat. “When my own sister, Bella, was cut she experienced a lot of bleeding and had to go to hospital for a week. I saw how FGM could ruin someone’s life and I thought it was important for me to take the initiative and work to abandon the practice.”
UK aid supports the Pastoralist Child Foundation via the UN Joint Programme.
The Pastoralist Child Foundation - or PCF - aims to end FGM and child marriage in Kenya through community action and education. It’s managed by young, educated women and men and respected Samburu warriors like Josephat, Matthew and Robert.
Picture: Jessica Lea/DFID