Help us support more girls so that they can live a life without FGM
FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) remains a brutal fact of life for the majority of girls in the Pokot Region of Kenya. Since 2010, we have been working with girls, their families and their communities to help them build futures without FGM and stigma, and full of opportunity and hope. .
Beyond FGM works with partners on the ground in Pokot, namely C.I.C.R. (centre for indigenous child rights).
The CICR is a fully registered Kenyan C.B.O. (community based organisation) since 2019 managed by the CEO Madame Everlyne Cheyech Prech and her team.
Together we have pioneered a unique and successful model of community engagement, creating an Alternative Rite of Passage for girls as they enter puberty. To date, we have supported well over 6000 girls to move beyond FGM, to stay in education, and to understand their rights. These girls have also been saved from forced/early child "marriage" (ECM) which remains a social norm in much of Pokot county. The girls are sold by their family in exchange for goods, usually cattle and are married off to a much older man, not of her choosing. She then begins the life of a wife and mother whilst still a child herself.
Since 2020 the CICR has launched a social enterprise, AfriReuse, making reusable menstrual hygiene kits with the aim of supporting the CICR and providing employment for some of our rescued young women.
We consider the fight to end FGM to be a global one, indeed it is included in the SDG,s (sustainable development goals), number 5, "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls".
Please contact us if you wish to be involved in any way e.g. awareness raising, fund raising.
Our vision is a world free from female genital mutilation.
Our mission is to work with African midwives, young girls and their families, to help empower and educate all those involved in female genital mutilation, to help change their views and change the future of young women.
Watch our award winning film by The Guardian as part of their Global Media Campaign to end FGM and abandon the knife