gFemale Genital Mutilation Story by Kezia Bianca- YWCA of Kenya

 

My name is Keziah Bianca, I am 22 years old and work at the YWCA of Kenya – Kisii branch. Kisii is a place renowned for practicing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and as a girl who grew up here, I was not an exception. I cannot blame my family for making me go through this inhuman act, as the society dictates it. In my culture it was considered unclean for a girl not to go through the practice. 

Through the YWCA of Kenya exchange programme, I was given an opportunity to be part of a youth exchange programme called Communication for Change (CFC) in Norway, which allowed me to learn that you can make the change that you want to see in the world despite your background, your culture or the past. Also took part in the United Nation’s special event on elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030 in New York. 

As a girl who went through FGM, don’t sit back fearing what the world will think about you now that you are circumcised. Stand up! Make your voice heard and help other young girls out there. It is my hope that my story will give you hope and convince you that you have a lot to give to the world, make a change.