genital mutilation

Kenyan Girls Flee Genital Mutilation

Fri, 12/05/2008 - 09:53
Submitted by Carlin Ross

These young girls are my heros.  Betty hates it when they refer to excising young girl's clitorises as circumcision because they're not removing a piece of skin but removing a woman's entire sex organ but this is great coverage by the BBC:

At least 300 girls in south-western Kenya have fled from home and sought refuge in churches in a bid to escape forced female genital mutilation (FGM). The girls, some as young as nine, are at two rescue centres in rural Nyanza province, police told the BBC.

Female circumcision is banned in Kenya, but remains common in some areas where it is considered to be part of a girl's initiation into womanhood.  The traditional ceremonies take place between November and December.  The girls in Kuria District are now in the care of the two churches and Maendeleo Ya Wanawake, a women's organisation.