ABOUT THE CELEBRATION
In the ongoing effort to End FGM, inclusiveness (across age group, gender, tribe) and meaningful community participation are our greatest strengths. Our champions have been selected in collaboration with community members and represent a diverse range of people across the four sub-counties in Kuria West. We will be recognizing 20 exceptional uncut girls with a certificate, umbrella, and #EndFGM school bag. During circumcision season, the umbrella is used to cover the newly circumcised girls on their parade from the circumcision site back to their home. The umbrella's symbolic meaning is widely known in Kuria and will make a statement when paraded during the celebration's march from Ikerege to Nyabokarange villages.
The 20 community-wide champions will be awarded a certificate and either an #EndFGM leso (women) or hat (men). Because it is our mission to celebrate every courageous individual in the End FGM movement we are also recognizing 170 additional uncut girls who have stood up to the cut also with #EndFGM t-shirts and umbrellas. These lesos, t-shirts, umbrellas, school bags, and hats will serve as continual reminders and affirmations to the community of the End FGM cause. The celebration will also serve as a platform for select champions to tell their stories and speak out against FGM in front of 600+ community members.