This year’s Mini Classic Rally powered by Safaricom 4G+ is supporting Amref Health Africa‘s “Stop the Cut” campaign, which seeks to eradicate the painful and horrific practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), faced by three million girls across African every year. Prevalence of this brutal, often lethal process is high in Kenya, with areas including Marsabit and Samburu running at close to 100% of the female population, according to Amref.
Many girls lose their lives due to bleeding, infections and later complications during birth as a result of this terror, but Amref’s Stop the Cut campaign aims to effect cultural change, offering the Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP) to fight FGM. ARP takes away the cut while retaining important cultural aspects such as sexual education, blessings by elders and keeping girls in school. It preserves and protects the good cultural values of communities. It provides the much needed life-skills to the girls while giving them a future.
Alternative Rite of Passage to end FGM
ARPs are conducted during the months of April, August and December, to ensure that as many girls are empowered to reject FGM during this time and are therefore able to resume their studies when schools reopen. So far, Amref has helped over 16,000 young women through the Alternative Rite of Passage, simultaneously educating more than 90,000 girls, boys, parents, cultural elders and other community members on the effects of FGM and importance of education.
Stop the Cut was chosen by the late Mrs Atu Vohra as the beneficiary for all entry fees from the Mini Classic Rally powered by Safaricom 4G+, which is being run from December 9-11 in memory of former Safari Classic chairman, JS Vohra, who passed away during last year’s Safari Classic Rally. The rally noticeboard shares all rally details including the provisional seeded entry list and rally itinerary. We look forward to seeing rally fans all around the route and to sharing the Amref message: Stop the Cut!