The county government has established an approach to ending injurious traditional practices that include female genital mutilation.
This was revealed on Saturday by the CECM for Youth Alvin Kimani in an interview with the Star when he said will now employ a multi-sectoral approach in fighting the vices.
Kimani said the fight against those vices in the past has failed to bear fruits because those practicing believe the government is fighting their culture.
“We are now going to involve all county and national departments such as health, education, security and all others that relate to the people directly or indirectly along with the cutters, young girls and their families,” said Kimani.
He also said civil society organisations will be supported by the government in helping them to stamp out the vices.
The county youth minister said teenage pregnancy is on the upsurge in the country and noted more so following attrition of the girl child from primary education.
He cited low socio-economic status and socio-cultural practices that include FGM and early marriages with rites of passage.
Kajiado, he said, is no exception with the teenage pregnancy prevalence rate at 20 per cent seen last year.
“Unfortunately, in this age group, this is associated with obstetric complications such as obstructed labour, premature deliveries, sexually transmitted diseases and a higher risk of premature death,” Kimani said.
Kimani said inter-sector strategy approach to ending such problems will also require embracing civil society engagement for positive results.
“Citizens’ need to understand their rights and their ability to participate in public policy making, participatory budgeting, lobby, and advocacy is important. This is ably done by trained civil society organisations and will help the government accelerate service delivery and promote good governance with social accountability,” said he.
The county minister said the ‘cutters’ in FGM practices will be assisted to develop financial gainful means so that they can drop what they have been doing to young girls.
“We will provide them with financial support so they can have an alternative income source. We will also involve the young girls through CSOs,” said Kimani.
Kimani spoke three days after the launch of mapping and capacity assessment for civil society organisations booklet for Kajiado County, 2019, booklet by African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST-KOGS)- Kenya and AMREF – Health Africa.
During the launch in Kajiado town, ACHEST country manager, Dr. Anne Kihara, said it is important to strengthen social accountability and particularly as relates to sexual reproductive health and rights such as teenage pregnancy.
The University of Nairobi lecturer said the role of CSOs cannot be underrated in global health governance as the bridging link between and for-profit organisations.