Nasaru, a Maasai word for rescue started off as a rescue team that helped young Maasai girl escape from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forced early marriages in Kajiado County, Kenya. The very foundation of Nasaru FGM Prevention Programme is based on the provisions of Children’s rights, laws of Kenya and the African Charter on the rights and Welfare of the Child.
Section 14:(1) states that “No person shall subject a child to female circumcision, early marriage or other cultural rites, customs or traditional practices that are likely to negatively affect the child’s life health, social welfare ,dignity or physical or psychological development.
Further, the African Charter on the rights and Welfare of the Child (which Kenya as a member state of the African Union has ratified) Chapter one Article 4 on Best interests of the child states “In all actions concerning the child undertaken by any person or authority the best interest of the child shall be the primary consideration.”
Article 21: Protection against harmful, social and cultural practices states: State parties to the present charter shall take all the appropriate measures to eliminate harmful, social and cultural practices affecting the welfare, dignity, normal growth and development of the child and in particular.
Those customs and practice prejudicial to health or life of the child; and Those customs and practices discriminatory to the child on the grounds of sex or other status.
Child marriage and the betrothal of girls and boys shall be prohibited and effective action, including legislation, shall be taken to specify the minimum age to be 18years and make the registration of all marriages in an official registry compulsory.
Nasaru CBO has used different tactics to curb the FGM and forced marriage menace in Kajiado County, Kenya. The measures that the organization has tried to put in place include: Read more…