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Presidential Commitment To End Female Genital Mutilation By 2022

On the 4th of June, 2019, His Excellency (H.E) President Uhuru Kenyatta made a firm commitment to put an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) by the year 2022. The enactment of the Prohibition of FGM Act, 2011 was a key milestone in the campaign to end FGM in the country. Despite the legislative and policy measures put in place to prohibit the practice, it still persists in certain communities.

“I would like to restate my personal commitment and that of the Government of Kenya to providing the requisite leadership to ensure that Female Genital Mutilation ends in this generation." - H.E Uhuru Kenyatta

The President reaffirmed his commitment to end FGM by 2022 on the 8th of November, 2019 at the High Level Elders Forum, at State House. The event convened cultural and religious leaders from communities with high rates of FGM. It was a milestone in the fight against FGM, as the leaders signed commitments to support the President's vision. During the occasion, the President directed the relevant government agencies to ensure that the law is enforced and that action be taken against all perpetrators. In the recently concluded Nairobi Summit on International Conference on Population and Development at 25 (ICPD25), the President reiterated his commitment to end FGM by 2022, by bolstering coordination in the areas of legislation, policy, communication and advocacy as well as evidence generation.