Kenya Women Teachers Association has been feted for thing at the forefront in fighting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and rescuing girls from early marriages.
Goceso Safe Space for Girls, a gender organisation Kuria West, Migori County, yesterday awarded KEWOTA a certificate of honour for rescuing girls from FGM.
Just a few months ago, KEWOTA team, led Kuria Coordinator Sophy Chacha had to rescue a group of girls who were about to undergo FGM.
“We got a intel that these girls were about to undergo FGM and swang into action to save these girls,” said Chacha.
After the rescue KEWOTA provided sanitary towels and other incidentals in addition to making sure that the girls are safe and away from the perpetrators.
At a colorful event yesterday, attended by senior government officials in Kehancha, the rescued girls after staying at the rescue centre for a while with the assistance of KEWOTA, were finally released to go to school.
“I am proud of KEWOTA for remaining steadfast and for lending their much needed hand in the fight against FGM,” said Susan Matinde, Director Goceso Rescue Centre.
Though FGM remains a major threat to the girl child in among pastoral communities and other areas in Kenya, KEWOTA remains at the forefront in fighting this vice and has rescued a number of girls in several parts of the country.
“KEWOTA has committed significant resources safeguard the future of children,” said CEO Opande.