Traditional Leaders in Kenya Denounce Female Circumcision

We’ve received more good news from Kenya about our efforts with the Diocese of Meru to help stop female circumcision. Meru’s Council of Elders—traditional community leaders who hold strong sway in their communities—publicly denounced the practice and declared that anyone who breaks the law must pay a penalty of three bulls plus a beehive of honey. Changing hundreds of years of cultural tradition takes time, but this is a great sign of support that will encourage more community members to forgo the dangerous and painful rite of circumcision as part of their daughters’ traditional passage to adulthood.

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