PUBLIC LECTURE II: Gender Based Violence – The Persistence of FGM

Topic: Gender Based Violence – The Persistence of FGM

Date: 21 June 2018

Venue: California ICT Hall, Eastleigh

Time: 4.30 – 6.30 pm

Entry: FREE

‘FGM refers to all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It is incredibly painful, traumatizes girls and results in numerous negative health consequences that last decades. It can even cause death. It is also a form of violence against girls, exacerbating a vicious cycle of oppression and poverty that prevents them from fully participating in their country’s long-term progress. Globally, it is estimated that over 140 million girls and women have undergone some form of FGM. Currently, more than three million girls, the majority under 15 years of age, undergo the procedure each year. In Kenya, even in 2014, FGM is an all too painful reality for generations of women and girls’ Siddhartha Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya

This ‘Women’s only’ Forum will have panelists from leading Women’s organisations in Kenya who fight for women’s equality and empowerment in Kenya.