E1 Engaging men in the fight against FGM, with Tony Mwebia

E1 Engaging men in the fight against FGM, with Tony Mwebia

Tony Mwebia is an SDG 5 Advocate, mainly focusing on ending FGM through grassroots’ campaigns
and blogging, as well as advocating for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. He has over 5 years of
experience working with NGOs and Government agencies in Kenya. His work is informed by a long history of advocacy for women through conducting community dialogues and sensitization aimed at changing people’s attitude and perception towards harmful cultural practices.

Tony is A Filming the bridge to End FGM training Scholar 2017 by AIDOS (funded by UNICEF/UNFPAJoint programme to tackle FGM/C), Women Deliver Youth Scholar 2016 and a participant of the first-ever End FGM Media campaign academy by Guardian Global Media Campaign to END FGM. In July 2017 he Addressed regional FGM consultative meeting in Zanzibar Co-hosted by UNFPA, Sonke Gender Justice and MenEngage Africa (MEA)

About Men End FGM
I have severally said, “By not involving men in the fight against #FGM is like a doctor treating symptoms of a disease and ignoring the disease” Tony Mwebia

#MenENDFGM is an online and offline movement that rallies men and boys from all over the world to join the fight against female genital mutilation, child marriage and other harmful cultural practices. It strives to recognize the intersection between men and harmful cultural practices through advocacy in policy as a sure way of attaining inclusivity in ending GBV. If you look keenly at the main reasons for FGM, they all point directly or indirectly to increasing marriageability. The question begs who are the potential husbands to marry these girls? On several occasions during community dialogues, I have heard the girls lament, “our potential suitors (men) are putting pressure on us, and if we don’t get cut they will not marry us”.

By analyzing the role of men in ending FGM and other harmful cultural practices we stand a better chance of coming up with effective interventions. Remember FGM affects our sisters, friends, cousins, girlfriends, neighbours’; simply put the ones we love most. I urge all my fellow youth and especially men to join in this fight and together we can bring the generational change we so much yearn for.
Website: https://tonymwebia.co.ke/

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.

Twitter: @TonyMwebia
Tony’s #EndFGMPodcast Quotes

You don't need a lot of resources to #EndFGM, if you can do something small then that's the only way we can end FGM. ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
FGM affects everyone in the society, that's whey we should add men's voices in the fight against FGM ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
We can spark more conversations when everyone comes on board, and speed up the elimination of FGM by 2030 ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
Men are egoistic in nature. They suffer in silence and don't talk about issues affecting them ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
You don't need to wait for anyone to fund you in the fight against FGM. All you need to do is DO SOMETHING, your own initiative is enough! ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
If you, deep down in your remote village, begin speaking to your own family, protect your sisters, your mothers, girlfriends, make sure that they don't undergo the cut, something small in your own way, we shall end FGM ~@TonyMwebia… Click To Tweet
The fight against FGM is everyone's business. You don't need to have a lot of resources, go to international conferences, meet famous people to end FGM. ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
Activists out there did not believe that men can talk about FGM, and I don't blame them because some survivors have had bad experiences with FGM. ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
As a survivor, it might be difficult to believe that men can genuinely join the fight against FGM. Many feel like there is a hidden agenda ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
I did not join the fight against FGM to make money or become famous. I joined because I felt the need to engage more men in the fight. ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
I listened to the suffering of men, like one who lost a wife and a baby ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
I felt, if I could do something, something as small as sending a tweet, writing a blog... to change someone's perception, then it was worth doing ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
We always complain that men, politicians, religious leaders and other powerful and interested men in the society are not talking about FGM. Question is always, what are you doing as the layman to ensure that this conversation is… Click To Tweet
~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
If laymen are not able to talk about FGM, what makes you think that as an MCA, MP or senator or religious leader, I'll be able to talk about FGM. ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
When the conversation is popular, it is easy for men to talk about if ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
When we started in 2013, not many men were talking about FGM. Now it is the talk of the town, and everyone wants to associate with it. We are proud to have contributed to that. ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc:… Click To Tweet
The experience on the ground is very different from what it feels when reading a blog or website. People in the field think differently! ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
In order to win men in the community, you have to go down to their own level... not in suits or expensive cars. Fit in, join their activities. ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
I strongly believe that we shall end FGM sooner if we engage everyone in society... faster than the projected timeline. ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
As we fight for gender equality, we ensure everyone is on an equal playground ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
A lot of FGM is done for marriageability. Engage men to relieve the pressures. ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
Men yield immense power to women's lives. They are breadwinners, senior religious leaders etc. If their voices are added, we will move faster ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian #EndFGM Click To Tweet
I am yet to meet women elders who are the custodians of culture. I don't know if they exist. This tells you we need to engage the men, since they are the ones who transfer it ~@TonyMwebia #EndFGMPodcast Quotes #PodsNBO Cc:… Click To Tweet

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

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This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Lovely

    1. Your Comment Here…wow..I never thought this could be still happening in our community and thanx to you and the volunteers around the world to end FGM for life…continue the good work and May the Almighty God bless you all and give you heart to continue

  2. This amazing. Great job!

  3. Very powerful
    Keep changing the world one word at a time

  4. The fight against FGM has been a journey with still a long way to go. It’s really amazing that men are now involved in the conversation. It will take the whole society to finally end the harmful practice and this is a great step towards achieving our goal. Great job!

  5. Men being involved fight against FGM is big contribution to ending FGM

  6. Tony has inspired many men and boys to join in the fight against FGM. Thank you Kipainoi for sharing this marvelous story. Many more will definitely join the fight after listening to this podcast

  7. Your passion shall not go with no reward. Keep it up, you have my support in this campaign. Regards

  8. I support

  9. It will indeed take the support of a whole community to keep girls and women safe and free from fear of their rights being violated. More so, it will take voices like yours that stand up for those whose rights are often infringed upon.

  10. Indeed if men said no to FGM this damaging practice would end sooner. What a worthy cause to advocate for.

  11. The Fight against FGM is everyone’s responsibility, having men and women come up to fight this act is a great effort, keep up the spirit… Am proud of every person standing in the gap for the sake of those who can’t speak out for themselves in the society. Thumps up

  12. Amazing idea, keep going! 🙂

  13. Involvement of men in the fight against FGM is a great and noble tool to show that we are all against the act.

  14. Interesting and insightful – great job!

  15. Men are integral in the fight against FGM they are the make or break. To listen and understand why getting men in to the conversation is important brings life to just why women need us in this fight. Good job Tony and aluta continua Sir Kipainoi

  16. I first got to see the #MenEndFGM campaign on Facebook, and it is great to listen in to some of the wonderful guys involved. Tony is doing a good job with his online and offline campaign, but more importantly, cognizant that ending FGM requires everyone in the society involved.

  17. Very encouraging….good work Jerry.

  18. Game changer! If men come on board then the fight will be much easier . Great work Kip

  19. Men end FGM is a good initiative, after all we are all affected.

  20. Very motivating

  21. Thank you all. I am truly humbled for being part of this amazing podcast. The little we do in our own ways go a long way in the fight against FGM

  22. Keep on ensuring that there is low level of FGM in our society for the betterment of our families in future

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