Members’ contributions to the ARP discussion

To emphasize the role of community participation for the success of ARPs, Bertine Pries from Amref underlined that within the past decade, 17,000 girls in the Maasai and Samburu communities have gone through the ARP program, which would not have been possible if cultural decision-makers and community gatekeepers had not taken ownership and leadership of the fight against FGM/C.

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A comparative study of the implementation of ARPs in Kenyan communities

The Population Council implemented a comparative study on the alternative rites of passage (ARP) implemented in the Kuria and Kisii districts, Kenya. The report investigated some of the reasons for their failure. In the Kuria community, FGM is traditionally a public issue. The Council of Elders’ establishes the dates for the “cutting season”. FGM is publicly celebrated even if the public ceremonies are losing importance.

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Amref’s approach: community-led ARP Contribution by Bertine Pries, CoP member

Amref Health Africa is an international NGO that has chosen to focus on the implementation of alternative rites of passage in order to fight against FGM. This approach is used in the integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene & ending FGM (ARPWASH) projects in Kilindi (Tanzania) and Kajiado (Kenya). Bertine Pries shared the NGOs experience with the Community of Practice.

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