BBC’s ‘Call the Midwife’ takes a look at FGM

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‘Historical context’ can often act as a device to excuse or justify. Some might use it to argue that we cannot judge days gone by through our own standards. However, the BBC’s Call the Midwife will soon try to avoid these pitfalls, in it’s look at FGM in the context of Somali women in 1960’s East London, in the upcoming series…. Read more »

News from Samich

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Here are a few pictures of the Alternative Rite of Passage workshops and ceremonies from Samich, in the Cherangari Hills! The team are hard at work with some amazing people in this community.               150 girls have been able to take part in the 5 days of workshops  … Read more »

The Girls Who Live In Fear

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Alternative Rites of Passage ceremonies are the central way that Beyond FGM, in partnership with Kepsteno Rotwo, seeks to help women and girls escape the knife. At the same time, it is important to help those for whom it is too late; the women and girls who have already been cut. Everlyn Cheyech, who is… Read more »

December News, the Journey So Far

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On 23rd November Cath joined the grassroots team in Kenya to begin the annual Alternative Rites of Passage (ARP) ceremonies for 2016. Since then, she and the team have been hard at work across the region, bringing ARP to new areas, and of course strengthening their existing use. So far the they have been to… Read more »

Congratulations Domtila!

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We are so proud to announce that the Queens Young Leaders Award 2017 has recognised our very own Project Manager and Kepsteno Rotwo Coordinator, Domtila! This prestigious programme “discovers, celebrates and supports exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth, leaving a lasting legacy for Her Majesty the Queen.” Congratulations Domtila, your hard work and dedication… Read more »

Hello!

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Thank you Cath for your warm welcome, it is great to be able to contribute to this amazing team at Beyond FGM. Some of you may have noticed that the Guardian documentary “Abandon the Knife” isn’t quite working on the home page. So here is a re-posted link to the film, which I highly recommend watching as an… Read more »

Welcome Anna

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Great news that we have another new member to our team, Anna, who has offered vital assistance with admin. I would like to officially welcome Anna on board and say how extremely grateful we are to her for this much needed support and practical help.  I am a firm believer in team work and we… Read more »

Alternative Rite of Passage Ceremony 2016

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Off to Kenya next week for our annual Alternative Rite of Passage Ceremony (ARP). Apologies for lack of news updates on website, too much reliance on Facebook and multiple other excuses!!!! Our group on the ground in Pokot are busy preparing for this year’s main activity, the Alternative Rite of Passage ceremony (ARP). We are… Read more »

Alternative Rite of Passage 2015

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Another successful Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP) ceremony was held in a new village, Nyang’aita in Masol district. Masol is a remote part of West Pokot bordering Turkana County, a huge desert. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) prevalence in this area is almost 100%.  We at Beyond FGM and Kepsteno Rotwo were the first people ever… Read more »