Speaking at a key meeting with the heads of all of Kenya’s main media organisations at the UN headquarters in Nairobi, he announced five international FGM reporting grants – co-funded by the UNFPA, the UN’s population fund, and the Guardian – which will see key journalists in Kenya focus on FGM in an attempt to eradicate the harmful practice within a generation. Ban said he hoped the Kenyan model could act as a template that could be replicated across the continent.
“Not only do we hope to support the Kenyan media in bringing the issue of FGM to national and global attention, but we hope to create a media model that can be reproduced in other countries,” he said. “The mutilation of girls and women must stop in this generation – our generation.”
It is the first time an international news organisation has teamed with the UN and other leading news outlets to provide a coordinated response to a practice that affects more than 130 million girls and women around the world."
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