Kenyan girls travel to Google HQ after creating app to end FGM

kenya communications africaOne in four Kenyan women and girls have undergone FGM. (Image source: Eunika Sopotnicka/shutterstock)Five Kenyan girls have designed an app which aims to end the fight against Female Genital Mutiliation (FGM)

The five teenagers, aged between 15 and 17, are the only Africans chosen  to take part in this year’s international Technovation competition, where girls develop mobile apps to end problems in their communities.

“FGM is a big problem affecting girls worldwide and it is a problem we want to solve,” said Stacy Owino, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation report

“This whole experience will change our lives. Whether we win or not, our perspective of the world and the possibilities it has will change for the better,” added Owino. 

According to Thomson Reuters Foundation, the five girls from Kenya’s western city of Kisumu call themselves the ‘Restorers’ because noted Synthia Otieno, one of the team, they want to “restore hope to hopeless girls”. 

One in four Kenyan women and girls have undergone FGM, which involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia, even though it is illegal in the East African nation.

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