WGEP’s Alternative Rite of Passage program (ARP) is a week-long event that is held each December with our Kenyan partner organization, Tharaka Women’s Welfare Project (TWWP). Called “Circumcision with Words”, this program combats the practice of FGM/C by addressing its cultural and social underpinnings on multiple levels. Since its initial implementation by WGEP in 2007, the ARP program has helped 1,759 rural Kenyan girls and their families abandon the harmful and deeply rooted tradition of genital cutting.
WGEP congratulates our newest “Circumcision With Words” graduates, 198 young women who stood up with their families and publicly said “No!” to the harmful practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).
Moreover, due to its great popularity and increasing demand, WGEP also included 72 boys in an ARP-like retreat program last month. Participants discussed safe male circumcision and publicly supported their sisters, cousins and female friends in standing up against FGM/C. Since its initiation in 2013, 229 young men have participated in this program.
Pictured: ARP participants perform during the community-wide celebration honoring their transition into adulthood.