Female circumcision in Kenya | africa
Description: With over 92 million female circumcisions already performed in Africa alone, Kenya is still considered a large perpetrator of this practice with almost 40% (US State department: 2010) of women still undergoing the procedure despite it being made illegal. In this film, various women are interviewed regarding their perceptions and social pressures within small rural communities where the procedure is still considered a vital rite of passage for a maturing girl. Many of these smaller communities also bind this practice directly to the honour of the family's name and is often a prerequisite for teenage brides (and their families) who hope to win a large "lobola" or dowry from the bridegroom's estate. The price of not going through the initiation process is often social isolation and rejection, while sadly, the health consequences of those who undergo the process are often much worse, and as one interviewee states, results in death from infection and complication.