The Kenyan Ministry of Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services, with support from UNFPA/Kenya, commissioned the Population Council to conduct a situation analysis of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) programs in Kenya, with the overall objective of documenting the current status of and trends in FGM/C programming and to help identify crucial elements that need to be prioritized for support. Results show marked declines in prevalence nationally between generations, suggesting a decline in the practice as well as trends toward “medicalization” in recent years. The practice still continues for different reasons, such as rite of passage, for marriageability, controlling sexuality, religious requirements, family honor, and for cultural and ethnic identity. Respondents were all in agreement that there is an urgent need for a National Coordinating Agency that could bring together all stakeholders working toward the abandonment of FGM/C in Kenya and offered suggestions about the role, structure, and responsibilities of such an agency.
Evelia, Humphres, Maryam Sheikh Abdi, Carolyne Njue, and Ian Askew. 2007. "Contributing towards efforts to abandon female genital mutilation/cutting in Kenya: A situation analysis." Nairobi: Ministry of Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services, Republic of Kenya.
A Research Agenda to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in a Generation
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