Not just a woman’s thing: Men at the fore in anti-cut fight
Growing up, Tony Mwebia never thought that he would find himself campaigning against female genital mutilation (FGM).
Thirty-year-old Tony was born and bred in Kinoro Village, South Imenti, Meru County, and even though he comes from a community that practices FGM, he never saw it as a big issue. It was part of the culture.
However, working with humanitarian aid organisations that assist refugees changed his mind. While working on a pilot project by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to sensitise urban refugees on the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act that was passed in 2011, he started reading books and watching FGM videos so that he could moderate community dialogues for men and women from Somalia, Ethiopia, DR Congo and Rwanda.
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