S.A.F.E.

End Female Circumcision (FGC)

Female genital cutting (FGC), also known as female genital mutilation (FGM) or female circumcision, is a hotly contested subject internationally. The only way to eliminate FGC is to understand it's cultural value and create a new practice that conveys the same values without harming young girls.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1155626)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£30,000

Amount raised

£53,505

Donations

17

    Category

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • A Maasai woman's life is all about surviving pain. I am going to change this. I want our lives to be about choice and joy.

    — Sarah Tenoi

  • Thanks to SAFE Maa I was not cut, so my father has agreed that I can stay in school and I still enjoy running with my brothers.

    — Naisaigu, 12 year old Maasai girl

  • I am a mother and what shall I do? If my child is uncircumcised she will have nothing. She will be case aside, with no husband and no home.

    — Maasai Mother

  • I am a mother and what shall I do? If my child is uncircumcised she will have nothing. She will be case aside, with no husband and no home.

    — Maasai Mother

  • Thanks to SAFE Maa I was not cut, so my father has agreed that I can stay in school and I still enjoy running with my brothers.

    — Naisaigu, 12 year old Maasai girl

  • A Maasai woman's life is all about surviving pain. I am going to change this. I want our lives to be about choice and joy.

    — Sarah Tenoi

Situation

27% of girls in Kenya are circumcised and, among some ethnic groups - such as the Maasai - it is a near universal practice. It causes serious long-term health problems, increases mother and child death rates during birth, increases girls drop-out from school, and perpetuates inequalities in women's rights. There are very few projects which have developed an approach to changing the practice of FGC that is culturally sensitive and scaleable.

Solution

SAFE Maa (part of the S.A.F.E. team) has been working with the Loita Hills Maasai for 7 years to develop an alternative rite of passage - a ritual which initiates the young girl into womanhood and validates her identity as part of the Maasai community without any genital cutting. Between 2014-2016, this project will scale up activities to try to achieve a community declaration of abandonment of the practice by 2016. We seek funding for 4 months of this essential, community-driven work.