Presidential Commitment To End Female Genital Mutilation By 2022
On the 4th of June, 2019, His Excellency (H.E) President Uhuru Kenyatta made a firm commitment to put an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) by the year 2022. The enactment of the Prohibition of FGM Act, 2011 was a key milestone in the campaign to end FGM in the country. Despite the legislative and policy measures put in place to prohibit the practice, it still persists in certain communities.
In November (2019), at the Nairobi Summit on International Conference on Population and Development at 25 (ICPD25), H.E the President reaffirmed his commitment spelling out reinforcement of legislation, policy, communication, advocacy and bolstering evidence related to FGM as his strategy to eradicating the harmful practice.
In November 2019 again, the Ministry launched a National Policy on Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (2019). It is aligned with impetus to accelerate eradication of FGM, strengthen multi -sectoral interventions and partnerships as well as community participation in fighting .
According to the Kenya Demographic Health Survey (KDHS) 2014, the National prevalence of FGM stands at 21% compared to 27% in 2008/9 and 32% in 2003. The decline can be attributed to multi-faceted approaches by the government of Kenya and non-state actors.