E2 Having mentors in the anti FGM campaign, with Ruth Jepchumba

E2 Having mentors in the anti FGM campaign, with Ruth Jepchumba

Ruth is the founder, Marakwet Girls Foundation. Narrowly escaping FGM, Ruth helps girls who are at risk and those that were not so lucky to escape the harmful cultural practice; and she has a mentor to guide her along the way.

Twitter: @ruthkilimo
Ruth’s #EndFGMPodcast Quotes

I was born and bred in a village where FGM cases were at almost 100%. I escaped the cut and got traumatized since most girls in my class were cut. ~@ruthkilimo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @TonyMwebia @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
Many girls were dropping out of school, by the time we were in form two most got pregnant and others got married. ~@ruthkilimo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @TonyMwebia @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
Before the end of university, I gathered more girls from my village to join Marakwet Girls to campaign against FGM and encourage more girls to reach university level. ~@ruthkilimo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @TonyMwebia… Click To Tweet
One time my mum had sent me to the posho mill to grind maize, on my way back I saw a lady driving a big car. It belonged to a woman. I wondered how a woman could possibly drive a car! ~@ruthkilimo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc:… Click To Tweet
My driving force was to go to school, get good grades, graduate and pursue my masters. I hope to drive that car someday. ~@ruthkilimo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @TonyMwebia @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
The lady driving that car was my Member of Parliament. Back home we didn't have TV or magazines so I knew her name but had never seen her. She has been an Icon in my life! ~@ruthkilimo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @TonyMwebia… Click To Tweet
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with people. Partnerships are very important. Work with people and learn something. ~@ruthkilimo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @TonyMwebia @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
Share ideas. Incorporate others with positivism, and it begins with trust. ~@ruthkilimo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @TonyMwebia @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
I didn't even know we have to register an organization to get funds. Our name was sold before we even registered. Your work will attract people. ~@ruthkilimo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @TonyMwebia @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
When they say FGM reduces promiscuity, I say, can we allow these girls to choose so that we know who is bad or good. ~@ruthkilimo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @TonyMwebia @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
Things are crazily changing, now they are taking girls to hospitals for medicalized FGM. ~@ruthkilimo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @TonyMwebia @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
Be persistent and aggressive to know where you will get an opportunity. Do not be driven by money waiting for donors to come through. Providence will find you. ~@ruthkilimo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @TonyMwebia @SaropaTimpiyian… Click To Tweet

About Marakwet Girls Foundation

MGF is community based organisation championing for the rights of a girl child and geared towards ending harmful cultural practices; child marriage, gender-based violence and Female Genital Mutilation.
Working with different initiatives, MGF focuses majorly on education as a social tool to end Female Genital Mutilation.

About the End FGM Podcast
This podcast features people working in individual and organizational capacities in Kenya and beyond. They share their experiences, successes, failures and lessons learnt in the Anti FGM Campaign.

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.
To listen to all podcast episodes here, use the player below.

  1. Meet Dr. Leyla Hussein Jeremiah Kipainoi
  2. Meet Ebony Riddell Bamber Jeremiah Kipainoi 24:23
  3. Meet Abdulmalik Abdi Jeremiah Kipainoi 30:10
  4. Meet Kasiita Mark Jeremiah Kipainoi 28
  5. Meet Caroline Letuya Jeremiah Kipainoi 26:47
  6. Meet Vincent Ogallo Jeremiah Kipainoi
  7. Meet Deborah Nabiki Jeremiah Kipainoi
  8. Meet Caroline Lanoi Nampaso Jeremiah Kipainoi 38:50
  9. Meet Jedidah Lemaron Jeremiah Kipainoi
  10. Meet Elias Muindi Jeremiah Kipainoi 34:10
  11. Meet Asenath Mwithigah Jeremiah Kipainoi 47:25
  12. Meet Godfrey Ochieng Jeremiah Kipainoi 33:51
  13. Meet Nimco Ali Jeremiah Kipainoi 15:23
  14. Meet Sadia Hussein (Part 1) Jeremiah Kipainoi 32:32
  15. Meet Sadia Hussein (Part 2) Jeremiah Kipainoi
  16. Meet Dorcas Parit Jeremiah Kipainoi
  17. Meet Samuel Leadismo Jeremiah Kipainoi
  18. Meet Peter Kemei Jeremiah Kipainoi
  19. Meet Gumato Guyo Jeremiah Kipainoi 42:03
  20. Meet Sonyanga Ole Ng'ais Jeremiah Kipainoi 36:20
  21. Meet Brenda Dora Jeremiah Kipainoi 44:19
  22. Meet Antonia Waskowiak Jeremiah Kipainoi 32:17
  23. Meet Catherine Thiakunu Jeremiah Kipainoi 39:36
  24. Meet Ruth Jepchumba Jeremiah Kipainoi 34:59
  25. Meet Tony Mwebia Jeremiah Kipainoi 27:34


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.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Matilda Timpiyian

    I like the part she says you don’t need money to do what you want, commitment and persistence is crucial. Its a good thing she acknowledges that the journey is full of disappointments but that should not deter us, your work will sell itself. This was a perfect one Kipainoi!? Indeed we have a responsibility to make the world a better place?.

  2. steve Njuguna

    Solid solid work.
    A very good initiative and I hope it can help many more girls

  3. Ruth Jepchumba

    This is great Jeremiah, thank you for allowing me to speak to very many people out there, about my journey towards a society free from FGM and all other forms of violence against girls and women.

    Let’s do this!!! #ItTakesUsAll #EndFGM

  4. Miriam Matey

    I have always stated boldly that young girls in Communities that practice FGM lack strong mentors with a straight head on firm shoulders. No wonder such practices are easily embraced and carried forward from generation to generation. It is sad that statistics in this communities still confirm unequal platforms for both boys and girls to thrive. I appreciate every effort to paralyse such unlawful practises.

  5. Oscar Toyianka

    This is a good move, keep it up.

  6. Siinta

    Its good for you to represent our community especially for the movement against FGM

  7. Kang

    Having mentors in the anti-FGM campaigns is a brilliant concept to engage young women from the affected communities. Besides, I fancy the music at the background of the podcast in the first few minutes, it captures the attention of the audience to the topic of discussion. The podcast has informative content based on real case studies based on MGF Founder’s account. The content is more memorable because the interviewer taps into the details of first-hand accounts and real case studies. Salute!

  8. Samoina

    It is amazing to listen to how Marakwet Girls began. What a phenomenal woman – leading the way for other women and working to end FGM. Her vivid description of life as a girl in Marakwet is thought-provoking!

  9. Rosemary Kowuor

    A mentor is not only someone we look up to but someone who has walked the path and willing to share the experience with a bid to helping the mentee become the person they are meant to be.

    The danger, albeit, is trying to make them be the other version of us – doing things our way. This is limiting.

    Thanks Kipainoi. This is quite thought provoking!

  10. Joyadams Munene

    Thank you Ruth for saving our girls and making hard choices. Successful people do things unsuccessful people are unwilling to do. We need more ladies like you.

  11. Judy Cheptoo

    Rooting for Ruth and all she’s doing for the girls in Marakwet ✊?

  12. Moses Letitoyia

    Ruth is an amazing person, am lucky to have met her in this end FGM journey.
    She is doing an amazing job.

  13. Ruth

    Nice job noted

  14. Ruth

    Kudos …an amazing work done

  15. John Mutunkei

    This are the people we need at this point in time kudos… keep up

  16. Dorcas Naishorua

    Through this mentorship, people get to understand through interaction in various languages spoken the effects of FGM and why we should fight against it

  17. Richard mutunkei

    Lets join hand by ending FGM

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