FGM continues in Kenya despite being outlawed

13 Apr

The leader of a women´s right organization has spoken out against the continued practice.

NAIROBI – “We continue to live with the threat or consequences of harmful traditional practices that violate our fundamental rights to physical integrity,” states Lilian Plapan.  The Executive Director of the SETAT Women Right´s group is talking about female genital mutilation, because: Despite the practice being outlawed last year, it still continues unabated.

As the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics reported yesterday, it concerns especially the northern regions of the country. Furthermore, she explains that in the Pokot region of Kenya, many communities still carry out a form of FGM which the World Health Organization classifies as the most severe – the removal of the clitoris and the narrowing of the vaginal opening.

In 2011, the Kenyan parliament made the procedure punishable by up to seven years in prison, but an abolishment of the practice is still far. Plapan who was launching a new campaign against FGM now believes that only a concerted effort from concerned parties will completely eradicate the practice.

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