#IStandWithHer - Fighting against Gender-based Violence

Kennedy
Posted December 10, 2019 from Kenya

My name is Marwa Kennedy working with Childslife Organization in partnership with www.lastmile4d.org. We are working in Kuria Community in Kenya to fight FGM and Gender Based Violence (GBV). We have joined hands with but not limited to community chiefs and administrators, religious leaders, healthcare officers, teachers, parents and girls.

We are creating awareness on complications of FGM by enlightening both girls and parents on short-term and long-term complications and emotional effects of FGM by use of educational modules provided by www.lastmile4d.org.

The experience is overwhelming as majority of the parents have been moved by our teachings and have vowed to join us hands and speak one Voice ‘STOP FGM and GBV.’ Girls have gained self-confidence and have stood up to say NO to FGM and fight for their rights.

It is so unfortunate that majority of the women are experiencing a lot of complications and challenges when giving birth and while having sex yet they could not relate these problems to the cut they underwent more than 10 years ago. It’s through our teachings that they have realized the reality of complications of FGM and they have open up making other parents to realize the reality of our teachings on the long-term complications of FGM.

www.lastmile4d.org is playing a substantial role through provision of V-PACK  that provides a great online platform to easily monitor the progress of the registered uncut girls in terms of their confidence to say NO to FGM and their level of risk to undergo the cut, easily communicate among the project officers and coordinators and providing teaching modules to the girls and parents. We are working tirelessly to ensure no girl is going through the cut and we are taking diligent approaches towards the fight against the vice that includes but not limited to providing shelter to the girls during the circumcision period/season.  Security personnel is working with us to ensure anybody who tries to pose a threat to a girl child is dealt according to the law.

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Jill Langhus
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Hi Marwa,

Welcome to World Pulse and thanks for sharing your first post! I'm very glad to hear about your passion to end FGM and to educate parents and people on the long-term harmful effects of this procedure. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your organization and goals. Please keep up the great work!

Hannah B
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Welcome, Marwa!
Thank you for sharing about this important work to stop FGM. Can you tell us what the V-PACK is? Also, please share World Pulse with the women you are meeting in case any of them are interested in sharing their story here!
Kind regards,
Hannah

Lisbeth
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Hi Kennedy,
Welcome to world and we glad to join to raise your voice for the girl child. I have an issue also understanding the VPACK. Please help us grab it
Thanks

Anita Shrestha
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Thank you brother

lizzymark
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Hi Marwa,welcome to the family where you can find the encouragement you need to keep soaring. Great job you are doing keep it on,I look forward to reading more of what you do.

Beth Lacey
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Last Mile4D is a wonderful organization

Adanna
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Dear Kennedy,
Welcome to World Pulse!
Thank you for being an agent of change and creating more awareness about the dangers of FGM.
You can encourage the women you meet or work with to join World Pulse and share their stories. We would love to read them.
Keep up the good work.

Cheers,
Adanna

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Dec 23, 2019
Dec 23, 2019

Hi Marwa,
Thank you for sharing your post on ending FGM. Looking forward to hearing more about your organization and the progress on ending FGM.
Have a wonderful Christmas and happy new year.

Sinyuy Geraldine
Jan 07
Jan 07

Hello Kennedy, thank you for sharing your story and for the great work you and your team are doing in Kenya. Yes, we all need to put hands together in order to stop GBV. it is so horrifying that all over the world women suffer some from form of violence. Your work will go a long way to help women and girls in your country to stop FGM. We pray that one day violence against women will stop.

kabahenda
Jan 15
Jan 15

This is ground-breaking work!

A male working with other stakeholders to eradicate one of the most harmful traditional practices against girls. Kudos to you and your team.

My appeal to you is to recruit about 50 young men like you, train them in what you are doing and let them deploy throughout Kenya.

You might become a model for the rest of Africa and if other young men in those countries could embrace your cause, then we may see peace and harmony in many African communities.

All the best in your work. Please keep us updated.