International Day of the Girl Child 2016

Date and time: 
Mon, 2016-11-28 14:35

THE CELEBRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD AND LAUNCH THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF ACTIVISTS AGAINST FGM

Every 11th October marks the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC). On the 11th October 2016 Prof. Patrick Ndavi Muia, Dr. Jane Wambui and Dr. Tammary Esho joined the Samburu Girls Foundation’s Girls’ Rescue Centre in Loosuk Ward, Samburu County, Kenya to mark the year’s celebrations. The ACCAF’s participation brought the high level of FGM/C in the county to the attention of the local leaders and the community.

The celebrations were very successful with good representation of young girls, parents, teachers, community elders and other community members including young boys. There were also a number of local and national organizations as well as NGOs in the celebrations. The program of the day begun by the guests being entertained. The entertainment was very good and informative with appropriate themes in line with the topic of the day. The young boys and girls sang, acted skits, narrated poems and danced to tunes focusing on the importance of educating a girl child and not subjecting them to harmful practices.

The speeches by various community leaders including men followed. There was emphasis for the community to collaborate and together own Samburu Girls Foundation because it is making a difference in their community.

These were followed by speeches from the organizations working for the girl child against child marriage and FGM. It is at this juncture that Dr. Tammary Esho of ACCAF was given an opportunity to speak.  She provided the current statistics with regard to FGM/C in Kenya. She mentioned that the Samburu community has 86% prevalence and is ranked second to the 94% among the Somali community in the country. Furthermore, she pointed out that the largest representation in this cluster of women with FGM/C is young girls between the ages of 10-14 years old. Dr. Esho finalized her speech by urging the Samburu people to stop harmful practices and allow girls to get an education which will give them better leverage in their future life hence benefit their families and the community as a whole. That the Samburu people are lagging behind because Kenya now has a prevalence of 21%, a steady drop marked over the last two decades. Thus the ACCAF’s participation in the IDGC brought the high level of FGM/C in the county to the attention of the local leaders and the community pointing out what needs to be done to prevent violation of the right of the girl.  

International Day of the Girl Child

 

Report by members of ACCAF, namely; Prof. Patrick Ndavi Muia, Dr. Jane Wambui and Dr. Tammary Esho.                      

 

 

Expiry Date: 
Tue, 2017-11-28 14:35
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