Altenative Rite of Passage
OVERVIEW

Alternative Rite of Passage is the most effective intervention in the fight to end Female Genital Mutilation. It is estimated that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone the female genital mutilation in their countries. An estimate of 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing the FGM every year. FGM violates a number of human rights of women and girls. Since FGM involves the removal of healthy sexual organs without medical necessity and is usually performed on adolescents and girls, often with harmful physical and psychological consequences, it violates the rights to non-discrimination, health, and bodily integrity. Although FGM is not undertaken with the intention of inflicting harm, its damaging physical, sexual, and psychological effects make it an act of violence against women and children.

WHAT IS SAYA DOING?
Our ARP model starts with sensitizing the Local community members who the cultural elders and the parents of the young girls. ARP takes away ‘the cut’ while retaining important cultural aspects such as sexual education, comprehensive life skills, blessings by elders and keeping girls in school. We believe that young people must be addressed in the context of a culture, applying culturally appropriate approaches, and recognizing the unique needs of young people but understanding that they do not have lives separate from the rest of the world. We have currently rolled up this program in Mujwa, Meru County, in partnership with Mujwa Catholic Women Association. The Mujwa Catholic Women Association are an important group that drives the movement to end FGM and ensure girls attain their dreams. That is why SAYA work closely with them to ensure they take ownership and lead in the fight against FGM/C.

SUCCESSFUL EVENT

Mujwa Parish Meru County

The Alternative Rite of Passage is a community-driven initiative that retains the cultural celebration of a girl’s transition into womanhood without the ‘cut’, early/forced marriage as well as teenage pregnancy. The girls are prepared for the ceremony in a one week training held at Mujwa Catholic church. They received training on sexual reproductive health, the dangers of FGM, child rights, sexual abuse, substance abuse, self-esteem, good health, culture and harmful traditions. This process involves the custodians of the Meru tradiations and culture who are the decision makers. The Mujwa Catholic Women Association are an important group that drives the movement to end FGM and ensure girls attain their dreams. That is why SAYA work closely with them to ensure they take ownership and lead in the fight against FGM/C.