Tot ADP 'Female Circumciser Lays Down Her Tools' Before downing her tools, this circumciser, Divinah Murkomen, aged 50 circumcised 500 of the 800 girls circumcised in Marakwet District in December 1999. She put down her tools - a knife and a razor blade -- at the encouragement of NGOs like World Vision, who enlightened her on the myriad hazards associated with FGM. Female circumcision is a deeply rooted cultural practice in Kenya. World Vision Kenya has developed an alternative initiation ceremony that maintains the important period of older women sharing their knowledge and advice with the young girl, without genital mutilation taking place. For twenty years, the women of the Tot region in Kenya have called on Divinah Murkomen to circumcise their daughters. Now Divinah has renounced her trade and insists her two younger daughters will not be circumcised. Africa color horizontal

Ebonyi State Government has issued a warning to anyone who practices female genital mutilation saying a jail term of five years awaits such person. The warning was handed out on Tuesday during the flag-off of the campaign against female genital mutilation in the state at the Women Development Centre, Abakaliki.

Governor Dave Umahi’s wife who gave a speech at the occasion, described female genital mutilation as a harmful traditional practice against womanhood, which must end.

“We can’t continue to live in dark ages at the detriment of our women in the name of female circumcision or genital mutilation. Our women have suffered a lot in this traditional harmful practices against them and we must stop it, we must wage serious war against the practice, she said.

‘’A situation where women reproductive organs are butchered in the name cultural practices is no longer unacceptable.”

She noted that in Nigeria, Ebonyi ranks second after Osun State, with 74% prevalence rate of female genital mutilation.