PLIGHT OF WOMEN
Ululations, songs and dance are heard miles from their home. It is 8am on a bright day in a village at the outcast of Nairobi.Escorted by her mother,and three of her female counterparts, a young girl aged 14 years is among them.
Little does she know what awaits her as she is told vaguely that they are going for common tradition rituals in the village. Women are dressed up in their traditional regalia's and the festivity fever is ta the pitch.
It is in this humble village that the girl is told the transition she is bond to undergo,the CUT.She helplessly resists all in vain as she faces the knife.
Only this time, she undergoes the third type of a cut which is horrible.There are three types of FGMs. The first and least invasive is where only the top of the clitoris is sliced off.The second type involves removal of the clitoris and the outer part of the vagina. The third type and most damaging is the removal of the entire clitoris and the outer and inner parts of the vagina leaving nothing but the urinal and vaginal openings. The vagina is the stitched up.
This is what the poor girl went through leading to profuse bleeding that resulted to her death.
She is one of the many girls and women who have died from this barbaric customs from female genital mutilations in most societies in Kenya where the practice is still too conservative for them.
Some leaders are reluctant to shun the vice despite knowing its repercussion.
However, in the Maasai community, one lady has been named THE VAGINA WARRIOR for the fight against the norm.Thanks to one Agnes Pareiyo. She too underwent the third type of ritual. Today, she is the chief campaigner determined to wipe off the tradition and has been fighting for the rights of girls and women in her society and beyond.
She has set up a rescue center for girls who escape from forced early marriages and FGM seek refuge.
Slowly but surely, Agnes is getting more support. She already has rewards for her role in the society. One from the former president of Kenya, Daniel Moi for her achievements and the other from the UN for being Kenyan Woman of the year 2005.
What a lady. Isn't she lovely? More women should come up and join hands in curbing the norms in our society. Only then will we have better future.