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Asili Magazine Quarter 4


A staggering 200 million women and girls, mostly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, bear the gruesome physical and emotional scars of Female Genital Mu- tilation – an outdated and unspeakably horrendous practice, whose prevalence in Kenya presently stands at 21 per cent. Beyond the statistics, a single case of FGM is torturous enough to sear the human con- science to its core!

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Annual Report

This report was prepared through the collaborative efforts, support, dedication and hard work by various teams involved in undertaking this survey. First, we recognize the leadership, partnership and collaborative effort of UN Women-Kenya, UNFPA-Kenya, Care-Kenya, OXFAM-Kenya, UNILEVER-Tea Kenya, State Department for Gender, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), and the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) that made this survey possible through financial and technical support. Many thanks go to GeoPoll and IPSOS-Kenya who played an instrumental role in collecting the primary data.

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Annual Report

The purpose of the End-Term Evaluation of the Joint Programme on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health, HIV and GBV was to conduct an in-depth analysis to assess progress made in achieving planned results as contained in program results framework. Thee evaluation report will be used by UNH6 agencies to account to donors and other involved stakeholders including the Government of Kenya, Development Partners among others.

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ICPD25 Anniversary Issue


The ICPD25 Nairobi Summit in 2019 was an exceptional moment to recalibrate and re-energize strides towards prosperity and dignity for all. We marked 25 years since the endorsement of the ICPD Programme of Action in Cairo in 1994 which emphasized the fundamental role of women’s interests in population matters, giving prominence to reproductive health and the empowerment of women. This first anniversary of the historic Summit is an appraisal of the progress made in sustaining the vitality and momentum witnessed a year ago. Nairobi was rich in perceptions, persuasions and passions. Our convictions were diverse and our approaches unlimited. We acknowledged that our shared humanity is rooted in rights and freedoms that we must all commit to protect and practice. The Summit bestowed on us the onus to collectively translate the aspirations of Cairo into a lived reality for posterity. Unanimously, across the 172 countries and territories that converged in the Kenyan capital, we committed to make development human-centered and transformative.....

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UNFPA Kenya Quarterly Magazine - October 2020


We applaud the Government of Kenya for the tremendous capacity and resilience in efforts to contain the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic. The experience has been fraught with challenges in an environment of limited past lessons to guide the strategic thrust across health, social and economic platforms. The milestones and results that inspire us today are fruits of unwavering collective hope and collaboration in confronting the crisis.

We are confident that the worst is in the past as we continue witnessing a drastic decline in Covid-19 morbidity and mortality statistics. Yet we echo the President’s call to remain acutely aware of the need to sustain containment measures as we march towards building back better. We aim to realize not just the absence of numbers that signal despair but genuine and sustainable improvement in the quality of life for all.

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Asili Newsletter Issue 3


A quarterly Magazine on ending Female Genital Mutilation

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KCO July Newsletter


Following the lifting of lock down measures against Nairobi City County, there has been noticeable growth in Covid-19 cases in nearby counties such as Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu, Narok and Nakuru due to increased movement and interaction within the population. Counties lying along borders with Tanzania (Kajiado and Migori) and Uganda (Busia) have also shown a high growth rate in Covid-19 cases attributed to targeting testing of truck drivers.

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UNFPA Kenya: 2019 Annual Report-Because Everyone Counts

Annual Report

Let us listen, support and invest in the youth to end FGM by 2030



emale genital mutilation (FGM) is one of the most horrific human rights violations imaginable that negatively affects the health, education and overall




development of 200 million women and girls and ending it is an urgent moral imperative.

We have made tangible progress, 25 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, where countries agreed to end the practice. But we are facing headwinds. In the places where it is most prevalent, FGM is declining but not at

the speed and scale to meet global commitments. But these countries are experiencing high rates of population growth — meaning that the number of girls affected could continue to grow, while they continue to grapple, within some ethnic groups, with persistent social norms and cross-border propagation of the practice.

Indeed, the United Nations projects that the population of young people in the least-developed countries — among the places where FGM is rampant — will jump to 62 per cent by 2050. That leaves more girls vulnerable than ever before. Last year, more than four million girls were victims of FGM, and if urgent action is not taken, up to 68 million could be subjected to it by 2030. So, we must listen to, support and invest in young people.

Africa must leverage the power of youth in high-risk countries, where support for youth between 15 and 19 against FGM is much lower than among people aged 45 to 49.

Increasingly, young girls are growing up with a much higher chance of remaining intact compared to their mothers and grandmothers. This generation can champion a global movement, transforming traditional norms and inspiring their peers to stand up to their elders by saying ‘No’ to this form of gender-based violence.

In doing so, young people need to know that their governments are firmly behind them. That is why the Government of Kenya will work with all relevant

stakeholders to end FGM by 2022, eight years ahead of the deadline to meet the target set under Sustainable Development Goal 5.

In a country where FGM is still prevalent despite being outlawed in 2011, Kenya is paving the way for other African countries to aim higher.

Kenya is setting the bar for the rest of the continent and globally with innovations like the Johari Beads Initiative,

A global investment of $2.4 billion (Sh240 billion)

is enough to eliminate FGM in 31 priority countries

this decade, at an average $94 (Sh9,400) per case.

a multi-stakeholder partnership between UNFPA, the government and EcoBank. Turning traditional beadwork into   a   viable   commercial   enterprise   is   empowering rural  girls  and  women  ttakcontrol  of  their  future while spurring social change in their communities. The government, in the build-up to the ICPD25 Summit in Nairobi last November, convened the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia and Tanzania to evolve solutions to cross-border FGM implications.

The promise of such partnerships underscores the increasingly urgent need to back our rhetoric with concrete financial commitments. The good news is that we now know exactly how much it will cost to achieve our goal. UNFPA estimates that a global investment of $2.4 billion (Sh240 billion) is enough to eliminate FGM in 31 priority countries this decade, at an average $94 (Sh9,400) per case.

Kenya and UNFPA, alongside the Denmark, as the ICPD25 co-conveners, compelled the international community to makefirm commitmentsto complete the ICPD Programme of Action by 2030. Doing so requires eliminating all harmful practices against women and girls, including FGM.

The overwhelming energy and passion of many young activists defying social norms to raise awareness about the dangers of FGM seen in Nairobi can propel us to reach our goal.

Let all African countries heed our call to rid the continent of FGM. Besides the commitments in Nairobi, let us remember the pledge by AU member states 10 years ago with the launch of the Initiative on Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation.

Let us give our youth the opportunities they need to forge a brighter future and to deliver on our promise to keep all our women and girls safe from the cut.


An opinion piece Co-authored by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem

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State of Kenya population


The State of Kenya Population Report, 2020focused on getting to zero harmful practices with a special focus on mar- riage and motherhood in childhood; Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and son preference. During the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, Kenya made commitments towards accelerating the promise on zero harmful practices and committed to eliminating, by 2030, all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV), including child and forced marriages, by addressing social and cultural norms that propagate the practice while providing support to women and girls who have been affected

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Against My Will

State of World Population Report

Every day, hundreds of thousands of girls around the world are subjected to practices that harm them physically or psychologically, or both, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities.

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