Five teenage girls from Kenya are headed to California to make their dream of ending female genital mutilation (FGM) in their country a reality.
The bright teens invented an app called i-Cut, which provides girls with easy access to legal and medical assistance before and after FGM. The app has earned them a place in the 2017 Technovation Challenge, a competition taking place in Silicon Valley later this month that helps girls around the world become tech entrepreneurs.
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FGM, a non-medical procedure that involves the total or partial removal of a woman’s external genitalia, is illegal in Kenya. But it’s still practiced because of its cultural significance as a rite of passage and prerequisite for marriage. Read more…
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