E4 Running anti FGM campaigns among foreign cultures with Antonia Waskowiak

E4 Running anti FGM campaigns among foreign cultures with Antonia Waskowiak

Antonia Sophia Waskowiak decided to volunteer in Kenya when she was 18 years young and still attending High School. “I didn’t know, that this work camp would determine my life”, she says today, “during my first time in Kuria, Kenya, I got to learn the values of life and I had to realize that not every human being can access them, such as it should be. I could not sit down and watch how others are suppressed, mutilated, married as children and abused!”

She has been living with the Kurian community, understanding and observing, why a girl child is not given all its rights for granted. The lack of education has been a huge gap, which she since then tried to find solutions for.

Through her strong and incredible will, passion and hope, Antonia Sophia raised a primary school and founded the charitable, community-based organisation Zinduka.

Zinduka empowers children through education and brings an end to FGM.

“The effects of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on the health of a young girl, whether we are speaking of her physical, sexual, reproductive or psychological health are serious and long lasting. To effectively eliminate this practice, we must enlist not only the child herself, but also gain the support of her family, and her community as a whole”, says Antonia Sophia Waskowiak.

ABOUT FGM
According to the World health Organization, Female genital mutilation(FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

To listen to this podcast on itunes, search for End FGM or click here.
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  2. Meet Ruth Jepchumba Jeremiah Kipainoi 34:59
  3. Meet Catherine Thiakunu Jeremiah Kipainoi 39:36
  4. Meet Antonia Waskowiak Jeremiah Kipainoi 32:17
  5. Meet Brenda Dora Jeremiah Kipainoi 44:19
  6. Meet Sonyanga Ole Ng'ais Jeremiah Kipainoi 36:20
  7. Meet Gumato Guyo Jeremiah Kipainoi 42:03
  8. Meet Peter Kemei Jeremiah Kipainoi
  9. Meet Samuel Leadismo Jeremiah Kipainoi
  10. Meet Dorcas Parit Jeremiah Kipainoi
  11. Meet Sadia Hussein (Part 1) Jeremiah Kipainoi 32:32
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Kipainoi

Jeremiah Kipainoi is a multimedia journalist and fellow, Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. His background in journalism has drawn him into telling human-interest stories, using media as an agent of change.

This Post Has 53 Comments

  1. Good job Jeremiah. You are among the Strong men who are role models towards ending FGM.

    Ending FGM is a collective responsibility and men have a critical role to play.
    Thumbs up

    1. This, coming from you, means a lot to me. Sante sana.

  2. I like how she used a non judgemental approach when dealing with the community. Having travelled back to observe and learn the culture of Kuria people then bringing change through education, shows shes very passionate about ending FGM. This podcast shows Kipainoi is a good listener from how you are connecting every question to what she’s saying throughout the conversation. We don’t have to be affected directly or come from communities that practice FGM to work towards ending this practice, passion and commitment is vital. This was Awesome Kipainoi keep it upwards!

  3. Good work brother

  4. Passionate

  5. Jeremiah you are an Inspiration to our community.keep up the good job.

  6. Good work Jeremiah, I have learnt a lot from your work.

  7. Keep doing this.. One day we will emancipate ourselves from this slavery.

  8. A right step towards the right direction.

    wonderful, for the efforts you have displayed towards ending the culture that doesn’t belong to anyone. End FGM.

    Thanks for your efforts

  9. I admire Antonia Waskowiak’s volunteering Journey it started at her early years when some of us are busy running after school and careers. She is a great inspiration not only to Germans but also to the native Kenyan People.

  10. I admire Antonia Waskowiak’s volunteering Journey it started at her early years when some of us are busy running after school and careers. She is a great inspiration not only to Germans but also to the young native Kenyan People.

  11. This is a good initiative, keep it up.

  12. Amazing Kipainoi,yöu are very strong to fight for the end of FGM I appreactiate yöu for this atleast there is light for the girl child ,proud of Antonia because she is very passionate and concerned about the rights of a girl child ,i feel insipired as a girl from the Maa community who is a victim thank yöu very much

  13. Great endeavour

  14. Great job !

  15. I admire what you guys are doing ,thank you Jeremiah and Antonia for fighting for the girl child great inspiration to me as a girl it feels good to have people who can fight for the end of FGM in Kenya

  16. This one was close and dear to me. I love how you have brought out Antonia’s argument and passions. Keep it up

  17. Jeremiah kipainoi is actually doing great job of ending FGM among various communities,,,,,,keep it up and God is with you great man,,,,,,, congratulations kipainoi,,,,,,

  18. Please keep up this amazing work! I never listened to podcasts much, until I got to know your channel!

  19. Great job, thanks for your efforts in eradicating FGM

  20. Good work,keep it up

  21. Great job.

  22. Well done. A worthy initiative this is.

  23. The Person who connects me to positive energy .. you’re a real inspiration Jeremiah

  24. Good job Jeremiah, keep it up!

  25. Zinduka is a well thought-out concept and its great to see volunteers like Antonia dedicate their efforts to make positive contributions to societies where FGM & Early marriages are prevalent. The podcast is very informative, it gives a clear first-hand account of the respondent. The interviewer also poses thought-provoking questions, which is a great way to engage the audience on the topic.

  26. You need to get in to tha grassroots where this FGM is being practice, this is a positive engagement to the community.

  27. It is so powerful to get to know that beyond culture and who we are as a people we see need and find ways to address it because at the end of the day we are just people. I salute Antonia and good job Sir Kipainoi, these are good strides to end FGM.

  28. Kip, keep up the good work. Umeona hiyo rhyme?

  29. Isn’t it awesome when men like Kip join to empower women. The fight against FGM is quite a long one but I know we shall win eventually. Thank you Kip.

  30. You are an inspiration to many uncle kipanoi
    Keep moving and leave the legacy.

  31. Keep up the good work Bro…. You are an Inspiration to many………

  32. Great job Mr Kipainoi…few men across countries go your way in fighting FGM.

  33. Great work for being a great warrior of change, who saw a difference in your own community and take the courage to address it!!! Go forward with my support brother.

  34. I love that Antonia took time to mingle with the Kuria community and understand their practices before starting her work to advocate for the end of FGM.

    Also, good job Jeremiah!! Great to see men involved in what is perceived to be a ‘women’s issue’, and to end harmful cultural practices.

  35. Good job bro .you are one amazing person fighting the injustices in our community.bravo.most of these young women face unthinkable obstacles just to be themselves, It’s Melody to my ears seeing and hearing you fight and champion for their rights.you are a blessing among men.we must unite in one voice and in action to fight these vices for they are jeopardizing their personal safety,freedom,risking the rejection of their families and communities .
    Let’s keep reminding them how valuable and precious they are for the measure of any society is how it treats it’s women, young and old.

  36. The shapers of our destiny are few but the whole generation reaps from their labour, be blessed

  37. Good job!

  38. This is amazing work bro. Am soooo proud of you. Thank you for changing the community. Thank you for changing the world. May God give you the strength to do muuch more.

  39. Great to hear experiences of those who volunteer to come and work with African communities on FGMC abandonment

  40. Good job Kipainoi. I’m so proud of you,, and all the best as you continue to amplify the voices of the communities, especially young women and the youth generally. Kudos!!

  41. Oooh wow! This is great work Kipainoi I am super proud. Keep on?

  42. ..Good job Jeremiah. Thanks you for sharing inspiring stories with the community. Keep it up

  43. Inspirational coverages, Good to hear and read different stories geared towards community developement.

  44. Kipainoi,
    What can I say.. Having interacted with in this journey of FGM elimination, your burning desire to eliminate this menace is evident in your work.
    I like the way you’ve merged your passion and profession in this war against FGM.
    Keep the spirit up, media is a powerful tool to effect change.
    Cheers ?.

  45. Good job!
    FGM has been and still is one of the most abusive and oppressive tool used by patriarchy to suppress women in the name of tradition. We have come a long way even though there is still much to be done.

  46. This girl is a hero .she endangered her life when fighting against FGM in kuria kenya.i know how she began and how zinduka peaked. All odds that stand against her great passion will one day dwindle away i pray. Beat girl child suppression Antonia .lonh live . I’m Hillary Gekura and Doris Nasimiyu

  47. Keep up …good work

  48. This is a challenge to all of us Kenyans. What are we doing at our own capacity to End FGM?

  49. keep up this good work …well done

  50. Good job here, let us all join hands to eradicate this practice

  51. Thanks a lot Kipainoi for the great Interview and your passion about the girl child! Keep up with your work, it’s mandatory in our fight against FGM.

  52. Antonia,im always proud of you..in your small and big capacity you have always acted as a mother, a sister, a mentor,someone who is always there for our girls..we have littles girls in germany too but you have chosen our own,we thank you and appreciate your efforts…we are proud of you and ready to continously hold your hand…@ Kipanoi…great Job when grow up i want to have a father like you 🙂

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