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Female Genital Mutilation

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Female Genital Mutilation

A study done in Narok District revealed that the community of Narok District ( 61.5%) still value FGM as a way of maintaining culture and tradition and considered this mainly as the rite of passage of a girl to becoming a woman. FGM prevalence in Narok was recorded at 89% in 1998 according to the Kenya Demographic Health Survey.

The study also found that spread of Christianity in Narok had come out quite clearly in the as one of the factors that had contributed towards reducing the proportion of community members who practiced FGM. Mara area which had the highest number of traditionalists (63.5%) had the highest (87%) of the people who valued FGM.

Parents (father and mother) were reported to have the strongest influence on a girl going for FGM as reported by 52% of the respondents. Girls who refused to undergo FGM were discriminated against as reported by 25% of the respondents.

Alternative Rite of passage being one of the solutions to FGM practice, was not well received as only 14.6% of the respondents believed in them.

 

 
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