Kenyan Women Honored in Nigeria for App to Combat Genital Cutting

Five young women who developed an app to combat Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) have been awarded the 'African of the Year' award by Nigeria's Media Trust. The awardees - Stacy Owino, Purity Achieng, Ivy Akinyi, Synthia Otieno and Macrine Atieno, from Kisumu - who call themselves 'The Restorers' - were selected out of several dozen nominees. Their I-cut mobile application connects girls at risk of circumcision with rescue centres and provides access to legal and medical help to those who have been subjected to FGM.

Former Botswanan president Festus Mogae (right) presents the $25,000 prize to Stacy Owino, the team leader of the Kenyan schoolgirls who won the Daily Trust African of the Year award (2018).

Toyin Saraki.

The Daily Trust African of the Year Award.

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