Sexual Reproductive Rights

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a traditional culture that has been rooted deeply in the Maasai tribe in Kenya. It is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. It is usually initiated and carried out by women, who see it as a source of honour, and who fear that failing to have their daughters and granddaughters cut will expose the girls to social exclusion. Health effects depend on the procedure. They can include recurrent infections, difficulty urinating and passing menstrual flow, chronic pain, the development of cysts, complications during childbirth, and fatal bleeding. There are no known health benefits.

ENAI – Africa believes in human rights and has put a lot of effort to stop this culture through campaigns to create awareness and girl child education in has not been an easy fight since it is a culture that is deeply rooted among the Maasai. Our efforts to curb the practise are endless to help our helpless girls and ensure that they embrace their health rights and human rights.

Change Stories

Nadupoi a pupil at Pilewa primary school is among the many girls under the fear of undergoing the cut. She is among the many girls who through our campaigns have really seen the many disadvantages of the ritual. "All I need is an education and not my body being violated," she says. "FGM brings so many damages to our girls and sometimes others end up dying which is really sad," Nadupoi adds.

According to Nadupoi most of the girls who undergo the cut end up dropping from schools because they believe they have graduated to womanhood. She strongly believes that with the help of organizations such as ENAI – Africa most of the girls in her area will be retained in schools. "I want to work with people like you in future so as to help in the fight against FGM." She concludes.