The Star (Nairobi)

23 August 2014

Kenya: Actress Rallies Against FGM

ACTRESS and comedian Rose Nyabhate is championing the rights of the girl child via an anti-female genital mutilation campaign dubbed 'We Are Watching'.

According to her, having grown up in a rural area where FGM is rampant, gave her and fellow partners the basis to start the initiative which aims at sensitising community members against the risky practice.

She says: "We wanted to sensitise the community against practicing FGM in a way they can better understand. One thing is that force cannot be used to impose change but via this initiative we hope to achieve a lot. We want to ensure Kenya attains zero tolerance to the practice. Most of the people involved in the campaign are public figures and from communities that practice FGM and we hope that through them, the girls will easily relate and understand us better."

"This December, we are holding events in Narok and Kajiado before heading to Marakwet, Meru, Kisii, Garissa, Kuria, and Samburu. Next year we plan to do a school project where we will visit schools and give peer education training. So far, we have positive response from stakeholders and we just hope the community members will also embrace the initiative," she adds.

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