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.

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 Tony Mwebia Jeremiah Kipainoi 27:34
  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
  12. Meet Sadia Hussein (Part 2) Jeremiah Kipainoi
  13. Meet Nimco Ali Jeremiah Kipainoi 15:23
  14. Meet Godfrey Ochieng Jeremiah Kipainoi 33:51
  15. Meet Asenath Mwithigah Jeremiah Kipainoi 47:25


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 18 Comments

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

  3. 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. 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. This is a good move, keep it up.

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

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

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

  13. Nice job noted

  14. Kudos …an amazing work done

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

  16. 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. Lets join hand by ending FGM

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