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Against FGM- County Partners with UNICEF to Fight Against the Cut

The County Government and Unicef today launched a project aimed at eradicating female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriages in Lagdera Sub County.

The CECM for Gender, Culture and Social services Hon Zeinab Abdi Digale said the project aims at accelerating abandonment of FGM and child marriages following the presidential order to end the retrogressive culture by 2022.

Hon Zeinab who was the chief guest during the launcheon in Madogashe town said the project targets at least 450 community members and 1000 girls who will be mentored to become champions that will  advocate aganist the vice.

The CEC avered that advocacy forums and creation of awareness will be scaled up in a bid to eradicate the harmful practice. 

She said some of the specific objectives of the project entails assessing community perception and level of knowledge of FGM and child marriages.

She added that the project will enhance capacity of County staff, National Government, Chiefs, religious leaders, community leaders and survivors on the effects of the harmful practice.

Unicef Representative Zeinab Ahmed said the project scoop entailed community dialogue sessions, community mobilization and awareness.

She said this will be a key priority in the project that also provides psychological support to the victims and individual counseling and building a community support system for Children affected by FGM, Child marriage and violence in Lagdera sub county. 

Lagdera Assistant Sub County Commissioner (ACC1) Ezekiel Kiplagat assured both the county Government and Unicef the necessary support from the National Government towards the campaign to eradicate the outdated cultural practice from the sub county. 

Chief officer Mulki Onle, National Gender and Equality Commission County Coordinator Abdiwahab Ibrahim, Director for Gender Abdullahi Idle, Deputy Director Ahmed Hante were among many officials who graced the occasion.

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