Nairobi, Kenya — AWEPA, in collaboration with Plan International Kenya and the Kenya National Assembly, organised the first meeting of the Kenyan Parliamentary Caucus on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), held on 27 October 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The creation of this Parliamentary Caucus resulted from the National seminar on FGM/C held on 12 June 2015, and represents an opportunity to join efforts in working towards the abandonment of FGM/C in Kenya, ensuring better implementation of the 2011 Prohibition of FGM Act and increasing the capacity of Kenyan MPs in the fight against FGM/C.
The Caucus consists of Members from the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee; Health Affairs Committee and Labour and Social Welfare Committee, as well as a representative of the Pastoralist Parliamentary Group, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Ministry of Health, Plan International Kenya and AWEPA.
During the first meeting, chaired by Hon. Lina Kilimo, Chair of the Anti-FGM Board, the Caucus was officially established; the draft Terms of Reference were discussed and agreed upon and the draft monitoring framework and plan of action, as prepared by AWEPA and Plan International Kenya, was tabled for discussion.
AWEPA hopes to support future meetings and activities of the Caucus in partnership with Plan International Kenya and in close consultation with the Kenya National Assembly.