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Female Genital Mutilation still widely practised in Kenya VIDEO

By | Mar 13, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 5 ]

Over 92 million female circumcisions have already been performed in Africa alone. Kenya is considered a primary perpetrator of this inhumane practice with almost 40% (US State department: 2010) of women still undergoing the procedure despite the fact that it is now illegal. In this film, various women, from those who’ve just undergone the procedure to those who carry it out, are interviewed about their perceptions and social pressures within small rural communities where the procedure is still considered a vital rite of passage for a maturing girl. Many of these smaller communities also bind the practice directly to the honour of the family’s name. FGM is intertwined with the issues of forced marriage to older men and girls being forced out of school. It is often a prerequisite for teenage brides, whose families hope to win a large “lobola” or dowry from the bridegroom’s estate. The price of not going through the initiation process is social isolation and rejection, while sadly, the health consequences of those who undergo the process are often much worse, and as one interviewee states, can result in death from infection and complications.

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that woman who does the circumcision is one angry woman, i sure feel sorry for the girls who have been circumcised by her in the name of culture. the part in 01:48 where she says " do you think i eat it? of course i throw it away" jerrr wa mmona fela o sleg o. i think this is woman abuse by women. i just thank God that i was born in s.a where there are no such things. its still sad that in this day and age we have people butchering people's privates and taking pride in it. why doesnt AU or UN put a stop to this mara?

Mar 13, 2012 9:29 | 0 replies

@ tumzangwana,

They say a woman who has been circumcised ko beteng o monate huurrrreeeee. It is not a good thing to do it to such under aged kids, but what can one say? Ke ko Kenya mos...

Mar 13, 2012 10:53 | 0 replies

eish manje basika iwe-we........................

Mar 13, 2012 3:18 | 0 replies

Apparently it is done so that Women dont enjoy sex, Even here in SA some cultures still do it

Mar 14, 2012 8:54 | 0 replies

this practice is sick and oppresive to women, as this is done so they cannot enjoy sex. and the aprents who put their kids thru this shud b hanged....if anyone comes close to my clitoris for reasons ada dan to give me pleasure,a nga u khomba u muzi o no tshwala.
@ Ayobas, a gona na monate wa sepe, malebe le nawa ke tsona ditaba papa, here it frm a wmn.

Mar 14, 2012 3:43 | 0 replies