Lead Author: KIMANI Samuel
Published by: Population Council
Year published: 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals target the elimination of all forms of harmful practices, including female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) by 2030. Kenya has made progress in addressing the elimination of FGM/C through ratification of global instruments and enactment of the Prohibition of FGM Act in 2011 and other supportive laws. The Act created the foundation for the establishment of the Anti-FGM Board, which provides policy leadership and coordination of anti-FGM/C programs in Kenya. More recently, the President of Kenya issued a decree for accelerated elimination of FGM/C by 2022. This synthesis report highlights how evidence generated over the last five years by the Evidence to End FGM/C Research Program can be used to inform policies and programs to accelerate the total abandonment of FGM/C in Kenya. The report focuses on opportunities in governance, effective utilization of the anti-FGM/C law, changes in practice and social norms associated with FGM/C, health system response to FGM/C, and the importance of data in accelerating FGM/C abandonment.