Kenya Presidency (Nairobi)

23 May 2014

Kenya: Speech By H.E., Mrs Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya During the Denunciation Ceremony of Female Circumcision in Entasopia, Magadi Held On Thursday 22nd May 2014

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS,

GOOD MORNING

Distinguished guests,

I am truly honoured to witness this historic ceremony that marks a new dawn for our daughters who have successfully undergone an alternative rite to womanhood.

It is truly a celebration in anticipation for a glorious future for the 278 girls who are graduating.

Denouncing female circumcision, led by the council of elders is a remarkable turning point for this community.

Kajiado County and the community from Entasopia have set a very high bar for all other communities and counties that still believe and practice FGM. Congratulations.

To the 278 girls before us today, you've taken a big step.

You are the agents of change in Entasopia and beyond.

Spread the new message across Kajiado County and across Kenya with pride.

You are a testimony that culture is dynamic and that communities need to embrace and retain what is good while doing away with retrogressive practices.

Let us all declare today that FGM is not necessary in the 21st century.

Girls, you have the responsibility to carry yourselves with dignity, honour, respect, and to educate others every day.

Welcome to womanhood.

To Amref health Africa, you deserve a special mention today for partnering with the Entasopia community for making this ceremony happen.

We hope similar initiatives will be undertaken across all communities still practicing FGM.

I believe that through this initiative Kajiado County will shine.

As a country, we must aspire to achieve a Zero female genital circumcision status - Where every girl can go to school, find and fulfill her destiny, enjoy her rights and contribute to nation building.

May God bless you all and bless our beloved country, Kenya.

Thank you

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