According to UNICEF, at least 200 million women and girls globally have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) while 80 percent of these cases have occurred in Africa. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation in Africa.
FGM TO STEM is an initiative of Brands & Beyond Ltd in partnership with Under the Microscope (UTM) which aims to rescue girls from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practice, early marriages and teenage pregnancies.This program works with the community to propose Alternative Rites of Passage (ARP) and introduces STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as a motivator for school going girls as it develops the life skills they need to thrive in the modern world. Such skills include, but are not limited to; critical thinking, creativity, innovativeness, and problem-solving.
UTM as a partner organizes school outreach programs in regions where FGM is rampant, provide technical support such as trainers, and aid in drafting policy documents to curb the spread of FGM with other stakeholders. Being an ongoing program, UTM’s main activities include community advocacy and mentorship for girls in these regions.
A graduation ceremony for girls and boys that have gone through a one week training and mentorship session on sexual reproduction, STEM and how to fight the FGM practices in the community. Italal Primary School Kajiado County August 26th - 30th, 2019
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