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24. Olerai now campaigns against FGM Insinya town, Kajiado County. Thandiwe-Muriu

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78% of Maasai girls in Kenya undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)*

At nine-years-old, Olerai (pictured above) was told not to cry as she was cut with a razor blade.
It took three weeks for the bleeding to stop. 

With FGM seen as a way to control a woman's sexuality and often a condition of marriage, Olerai's story is far from uncommon.

But for just £30 we can train women like Olerai to become ambassadors for women's rights to campaign against these harmful practices. 

*Kenya Demographic Health Survey (2014)

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How you can help

Womankind has worked with FIDA Kenya since 2011 on a range of initiatives that support and empower women survivors of violence. Most recently, we have been working with FIDA to strengthen community responses to violence against women and girls in Kajiado and Trans Nzoia, where FGM and child marriage are particularly prevalent. 

 

'With the support of FIDA Kenya, I have the knowledge which means I have the power. I know my principles and my rights. My body is my body and no man will take it for himself.'
- Olerai


Through training women leaders like Olerai and Resian, as ambassadors in their communities, and working with community elders, health professionals, police officers and other key leadership figures, the campaign against these harmful practises is gaining real momentum. 

'I wouldn't want any girl to go through what I did, and I resolved to fight against this vice with every fibre of my being... I want to influence future generations.'
- Resian


£30
 could train one woman to become an ambassador for women's rights

£44
 could recruit and train one pro bono lawyer to provide legal advice for women survivors of violence

£80
 could equip a police officer with the knowledge and skills required to rescue women and girls at risk of violence

£547 could pay to make and broadcast a radio programme highlighting the dangers of FGM and child marriage

 

Give £30 here >

Read Olerai's story here >

Read Resian's story here   >




This project is funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development through the UK Aid Match scheme.

This project is funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development through the UK Aid Match scheme.