In recognition of Women’s day, I would like to tell you about some women I deeply admire. I don’t know them personally, but was introduced to their quests via the media.
Nancy and Gertrude are two young Kenyan girls who refused to undergo the rite of female genital mutilation (FGM) followed by their tribe. Together with other women who had been trying to institute an alternative rite of passage, they succeeded in convincing local tribal leaders, men, women and their fathers to accept their alternative.
The video documenting their story is both uplifting and harrowing and I couldn’t help but be amazed and humbled by the strength and courage of these two girls. These normally obedient and malleable girls stuck to their guns, even running away from their homes to hide and steadfastly refused to be cut. We can only imagine how difficult such an act of disobedience must have been for them. They have little education, but their spirits shine through and the longing to pursue an education is palpable. Nancy, at a tender age, shows a maturity and leadership potential beyond her years. Watch her speech on the day of the rite of passage. Incredible!
Please watch the video as the world’s women unite and vow to never give up until all women, everywhere have the right to decide over their bodies and access to education.
Here is some more information:
- Fewer Girls Threatened by Female Genital Mutilation: UNFPA and UNICEF Call for Accelerated Efforts as the Practice Begins to Decline (prweb.com)
- Britain has 65,000 victims of female mutilation – and another 30,000 are at risk (standard.co.uk)