The Anti FGM Board alongside various partners participated in a series of activities across different counties to mark this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence whose uniting theme is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect.”
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
On the first day of the activism, the Board partnered with Patinaai Osim, a community-based organization based in Kajiado County to hold a sensitization forum at Isara Poka, Mashuuru Sub County on the adverse effects of FGM.
Speaking at the event, Ms. Semerian Sankori, the founder of Patinaai Osim lauded the support of different stakeholders in the fight against all forms of Gender-Based Violence. She pleaded with the community to guarantee and uphold the rights of women by protecting them from harmful practices.
Former Kajiado Central MP Hon. David ole Sankori urged parents to strive to give their children a better life than the one they had by prioritizing education
Kajiado County Government representative from the office of Gender and Social Services Ms. Eve Merin urged women to be champions in support of children getting a quality education. She asked women to protect their daughters from the horror of FGM they once went through instead to protect them against FGM.
The 16 Days of Activism was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991.
It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.