Operationalization of the policy brief against medicalization of FGM

ACCAF held an advocacy forum on 29th September 2015 at Silver Springs hotel in Nairobi. The main aim of the forum was to advocate and lobby the MOH officials to operationalize the policy brief against medicalization of FGM. It drew together Ministry of Health officials and women members of parliament from the five UNFPA focus counties namely; Samburu, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, Narok and Baringo. Other participants included the head RMHSU, government agencies, health care providers' regulatory bodies such as NCK, KMPDB, Midwives Charter, KOGS among others. 

Opening remarks

Dr. Wambui started by introducing ACCAF as a centre based at the University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, which is mandated in coordinating anti-FGM/C research, training and advocacy to accelerate the abandonment of FGM/C in Africa and beyond within one generation. The centres name in full was stated as Africa Coordinating Centre for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (ACCAF)

She defined Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) to be all procedures that involve partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. She added that the practice has no medical benefits and it is a violation of girls and women's rights to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

She highlighted that FGM is practiced in at least 28 countries in Africa and a few others in Asia and the Middle East and is generally performed on girls between ages 4 and 12, although it is practiced in some cultures as early as a few days after birth or as late as just prior to marriage. 

 

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