The reigning Miss Tourism Kenya People’s Choice Ms Joyce Nasambu has warned against female circumcision especially during this festive season.
Ms Nasambu, who is also the reigning Miss Tourism Bungoma, was speaking today in Mt Elgon during a #Run4TheGirlChild half marathon organised by Adventure Youth Group, a local advocacy group leading the campaigns against FGM, early marriages and teenage pregnancy.
“I don’t know why we go to an extend of deleting what God has placed in good faith,” said the Chuka University student.
“We should all join hands in the fight against FGM to give our women and girls the dignity they deserve in life.”
Ms Nasambu also promised to ignite the campaign against FGM and warned parents who mislead their girls to practice the outdated culture that the law would eventually catch up with them.
Ms Nasambu also donated gift hampers to the winners of the marathon.
Mt Elgon is among the regions in Kenya that practise the outlawed FGM. Other counties where the vice is secretly practised include Samburu, Kajiado and Narok.
Her sentiments were supported by the C.E.O of ANTI-FGM Board Ms Bernadette Resian Loloju who called upon female curcumsisers to cease conducting the brutal cut.
“As the Anti-FGM board, we are keen on fighting this culture of circumcising our women. It’s so unfortunate and it has to stop,” said Ms Loloju.
The half marathon attracted a surprise two thousand participants who turned up to support the campaign.
Several advocacy groups and organisations also turned up at the event held at the Chemoge High Altitude Training Centre in Mt Elgon, Bungoma County.
Ms Beth Mungai from the Action Against Hunger organization (SETH PROJECT) that decorated the finish line, insisted on the need to involve men in this fight against the vise.
“When we involve men in this campaign, it gives us the boost to press on. As Action Against Hunger, we really support this initiative.” She said
It was the first time such a marathon was taking place in Mt Elgon.