In Kenya FGM happens quite a lot. As many as 140 million women around the world are cut, more than 101 million of them live in Africa. Kenya has banned the practice but it’s still common in some communities – particularly in the northeast.
FGM is believed to keep women clean. The reasons for parents wanting their daughters to be cut are mostly cultural. In many cultures in Northern, Eastern and Western Africa, being cut is a rite of passage for young girls and improves their chances of getting married. Others think that it’s more hygienic, and that a girl or woman should be flat, rigid and dry.
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