n Commonwealth Youth and Development - The persistent cultural female genital mutilation practice : a cause for the elusive search for access to education of the Kenyan girl child




Although Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a controversial subject in Western societies, it is an internationally recognised term for operations that involve circumcision of young girls for cultural or other non-medical purposes in traditional societies such as the Kuria district, Nyanza province and Kenya. The key concern is that despite the existing awareness of its danger and several attempts to eradicate it, the practice still persists. This research has established that FGM not only interferes with the child's health, but hinders her formal educational progress as she does not return to school after undergoing the cultural rite since she considers herself a woman and opts for early marriage. This affects her future advancement negatively and leads to increasing poverty levels and desperation. It is important therefore, that factors hindering the girl child from accessing formal education are examined and solutions found towards eradicating them.


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