Sensitization workshop at Masurura Church in Narok county to end FGM
Micontrap-Kenya has four different workshops at Masurura church in diverse dates in 2014 where over 120 opinion were targeted to end Female Genital Mutilation among the Maasai community of Narok county.
Cultural and traditional values standing between girls and education were discussed with Female Genital Mutilation being singled out as the main cause of inequality among gender and the Maasai and other tribes nationally.
“One reason for denying girls and women their rights to education is rarely articulated by those in charge: that is the fear of the power of girls through education,” Micontrap-Kenya reported.
It emerged that there was fear of achievement of girls through education anfd the easiest way to achiev this is through female circumcision.
“The focus on poverty reduction among women in the world makes education as the biggest equalization tool,” the report states.
The workshop brought together representatives from women, men, children, local administrators, church leaders and civil societies.
The activities were carried on June 27th and 30th and February 2nd and 5th
Micontrap-Kenya meeting Kuria community traditional elders in a bid to end FGM
Micontrap-Kenya held a crucial half a day meeting with traditional elders who are custodians of culture in a bid to educate them on negative effects of female genital mutilation.
The meeting is crucial as the elders often give direction of which clans out of the four: Abairege, Abanyabasi, Abagumbe and Abakira should circumcise in each calendar year.
The group also gives exact date when the practice should start for both girls and boys.
The meeting organised at Ntimaru town on October 25, 2011 brought together elders 20 key elders and public administrators.
“Most elders meeting happen in neighbouring Tanzania where the Kuria community is also found thus most escape the laws in the country,” Titus Orwa, Micontrap-Kenya project coordinator said.
Orwa said the short meeting helped in educating elders on negative effects of the vice and the full penalty of law if they are arrested.
In panel discussion most elders said they may consider alternative rights for girl instead of circumcises in future.
“The culture is deeply rooted and most people insist in it, with time we will moot a move for any alternative rite of passage,” Ghati Sarima, an elder said.
Micontrap-Kenya holds Masaai leaders consultative meeting at Keiyan to end FGM
Micontrap-Kenya held a major leaders consultative meeting from the Maasai community at Keiyan division, Trans Mara in Narok county.
The meeting was held on August 2, 2011 at the local Africa Inland Church and it brought together opinion leaders, government officers led by Masurura location chief Joseph Tierkut among others.
A total of 50 people attended the meeting which help in highlighting the community against effects of female genital mutilation and gender based violence.
During the ensuing public debate there established a need to build a local rescue center for girls escaping from effects of FGM and women victims of gender based violence.
“Traditional birth attendants need also to be educated against turning away expectant mother who are not circumcised to end high stigmatization,” Joseph Ole Seru, a local said.
Men in the patriarchal society need to be educated as they are the main decision makers in the families.
Local pastor James Payiyian Nukurro said over 80 per cent of local Maasai families do not attend churches which has made the institution to lag behind as a change agent.
Mothers said that in the nomadic lifestyle of their husbands often leave home fpr days to herd cattle which leave them behind with girls.
“As such we need to also include mothers in the project as they, in some part, can form major consuit to bring change in the area,” Nukurro said.