E15 Coordinating End FGM networks, and why it is important to do it right, with Elias Muindi

E15 Coordinating End FGM networks, and why it is important to do it right, with Elias Muindi

Elias is an activist and coordinator, the Kenya Men Engage Alliance, a network of organizations which uses contemporary channels to reach out to boys and men to fight FGM.
Twitter: @EliasMuindi
Elias’ #EndFGMPodcast Quotes

I started working with Margret Wanza Foundation, which was formed by the family after Margret was killed by the husband. I have been working with the foundation to fight the cause that led to the murder of our mother and our sister.… Click To Tweet We formed Men Engage Alliance. Many organizations realised the need to work with men. We started with three organisations. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet Initially it was tough, people see you as someone destabilizing the community especially if you don't come from that community. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet One of the things need to be done is to have honesty. Others join the movement with selfish motives then run away after knowing its a matter of pulling resources. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia… Click To Tweet Men Engage, @kemea10 members sign an MOU where the secretariat disburse funds to members according to when one does their activities. A steering committee sits quarterly to discuss programs. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc:… Click To Tweet You need to have joint efforts and let everyone be involved in #EndFGM. Thats why it's important to involve men. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet Its good to learn to engage people in a positive way. You do not present your culture to the community, you engage and dialogue with them. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet I saw this as an entry point, talking to men who are the custodians of culture. If they say FGM will not be practised in their home, it will not be done. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet We did research on engaging men in the fight against FGM and developed the dads and daughters workshop. When dads talk to their daughters, great things happen. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM… Click To Tweet Most people consult the network on various ways to tackle and design projects on the ground. Please get what strategies work and replicate it. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet One of the reasons why you can work without having impact is by not involving the local community. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet We build the capacity of the people on the ground and sometimes give them resources to work on their own. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet Community champions get platforms to speak about FGM, we look for opportunities for them. We ensure a consistent flow of information and go to the ground to see what they are doing. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian… Click To Tweet In our network, we tell members to use the concept that works in the particular place you are working. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet If we register our network that means we will be competing for resources. As a network we should not conduct activities, let members conduct activities. Networks should not be registered. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc:… Click To Tweet When you work together you have greater impact as opposed to working alone. If we want to end FGM why can't we work together. #EndFGMPodcast Quotes @EliasMuindi Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet

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 another injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

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Jeremiah Kipainoi is a Communication for Development expert that makes films, transcriptions, podcasts, online strategies, and radio content to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya, Somalia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bisau, Mali, The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Liberia, and tackles climate change through resilience building, and championing for community-led development.

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  1. Emelda Lungasto

    Nice piece Jeremy! Its amazing to see men joining and spear heading the fight against FGM.

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