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This series of photos shows how leaders of Kenyan communities are campaigning to keep girls safe as part of a project that aims to eradicate FGM in Africa within a generation.

 Leaders of Kenyan communities are campaigning with Plan International to eradicate FGM in Africa within a generation.
Leaders of Kenyan communities are campaigning with Plan International to eradicate FGM in Africa.

Plan International is working to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa within a generation.

To achieve this, we are running a 4-year project in Kenya, Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia in partnership with the Dutch Government and The Association of European Parliamentarians.

In Kenya, where 27% of women have been subjected to FGM, we are working alongside the Njuri-Ncheke elders from the Ameru community to challenge the stereotypes that lead to FGM in rural areas of Kenya.

Stopping FGM in rural areas

FGM is no longer relevant for any woman or girl. Education is all our girls need in life

“In remote areas, traditional leadership is often the only framework communities recognise,” says Carol Sherman, Plan International Kenya’s Country Director. “If we want to end FGM, we need community leaders’ support. If the elders support an end to FGM, the community will listen.”

So far, the Njuri-Ncheke elders have brought 40 cases of FGM to court. They are now working with the Anti-FGM Board of Kenya to work with other communities’ elders to campaign against FGM.

Below, the Njuri-Ncheke elders explain why they’re working to end FGM.

Mzee Kamunde is campaigning to end FGM
Mzee (Elder) Kamunde: “I am an agent of change against FGM because it is violence against women and girls.”

Mzee Mwathi is campaigning to end FGM
Mzee Mwathi: “I work with Plan International to end FGM because I want future generations to learn in an FGM free environment.”

Mzee Irumbi is campaigning to end FGM
Mzee Irumbi: “FGM is no longer relevant for any woman or girl. Education is all our girls need in life.”

Mzee Mati is campaigning to end FGM
Mzee Mati: “I have experienced the benefits of educating girls and I want to pass on this message to those who still practice FGM in Tharaka.”

Mzee Mutugi is campaigning to end FGM
Mzee Mutugi: “FGM is an outdated cultural practice. As a custodian of the Tharaka culture, I support the eradication of the practice because it is dragging my community backwards.”

Mzee Thaara is campaigning to end FGM
Mzee Thaara: “FGM is an illegal practice and must be eradicated at all costs. That’s the reason I am an agent of change against it.”

Mzee Mutegi is campaigning to end FGM
Mzee Mutegi: “I am a strong child protection agent and I campaign against FGM because it is a violation of girls’ rights.”

Mzee Mwamba is campaigning to end FGM
Mzee Mwamba: “I fight FGM because it robs women of their dignity and self-esteem.”

Learn more about our work to end FGM