Female Genital Mutilation Gets the Ax in Extreme Home Make Over
Nov.7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK, AR Woman of Paradise, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing girls and young women around the world from experiencing female genital mutulation (FGM) and childbride trafficking will be honoring the memory of a young girl who died as a result of self genital mutilation during the Execute Positive Deviance Approach Day, Nov. 15, 2010.
On this day in Tigania, Kenya, hundreds of girls will be asked to transform their support of this act, which is viewed as a “rite of passage” for girls sold as childbrides for dowry. Girls at risk will assemble at the compound of Ms Julia Kanuu, who is the mother of Pamela Kathambi, a 15-year-old who bled to death from wounds she experienced after peer pressure forced her to mutilate herself. “We are revealing Julia’s new home in front of girls as we ask them to change their perspective on FGM and to look at themselves as whole, healthy, women who do not have to go through what Pamela went through in order to be married or considered complete,” said Esther Nkatha Gatuma President and founder of Woman of Paradise, who is the positive deviant role model in the class that will be offered on the day this new home is revealed to change the minds of girls who are at risk.
Woman of Paradise teamed up with Ugandan-born canadian, television personality Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson to support the community with resources needed to build Ms Juila a home. The project revealed the philanthropy of the community as well as the fact that the community is opposed to FGM because they mobilized many local resources to build the house. The event will be historic because it will succesfuly eliminate the stigma killing girls who perfom self-mutilation, as well as launching a powerful advocacy campaign.
Ms Julia will also receive an energy efficient cook stove business that will enable her to earn a living to educate her four daughters therefore protecting them from dying like her daughter Pamela. The event is expected to eliminate the stigma associated with self mutilation, encourage girl child education, empower women economically with clean cook stove businesses to reduce respiratory deaths caused by toxic fumes inhaled from smoke when cooking with open fire and biomass, restore the self esteem of girls as well as reach a broader audience that will garner support for eliminating self mutilation as a cultural practice by year 2020.
To obtain more information contact
Esther Nkatha Gatuma
Phone (501)454 7521