Ngong: Maasai elders told to condemn FGM, early marriages

By Obegi Malack
Maasai elders have been urged to support organizations that deal with gender based violence to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriages in Kajiado County.
Speaking during a workshop organized in Ngong town by Nairobi Women Hospital’s Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC) and attended by various organizations, charities and grassroots groups dealing with gender based issues, Chief Guest Juliet Kimemia said the elders have a big role in ensuring there is a decrease in gender violence.
Kimemia noted that goodwill from the community will reduce cases of gender violence, adding that the National and County governments should allocate resources to fight the menace.
Kimemia, a lecturer and senatorial aspirant in Kiambu County, urged stakeholders to understand laws governing gender based violence to ensure culprits are brought to book.
Emily Akoth of Nairobi Women Hospital said GVRC has set up a data base of all stakeholders that deal with gender issues, adding that the data will be shared with relevant Government institutions and stakeholders.
Kajiado North Child Network chairman, Rev Henry Omae, said the database will make it easier in responding to emergencies.
Kajiado County Public Relations Officer, Sylvia Sikawa said the County Government supports the campaign against gender

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