Atieno Otieno is a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a master's degree in international journalism from Cardiff University, United Kingdom.

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In rural Kenya, a path to adulthood without female genital mutilation

Loreto Sr. Ephigenia Gachiri, 71, has traveled across rural Kenya for the past 16 years educating people about the dangers of FGM. She created ways to honor cultural tradition while protecting young girls from the harmful ceremony that is used to signal transition to adulthood. More than 130 million girls and women alive today have undergone the ceremonial cutting in the 29 countries where it is practiced, mostly in Africa and parts of the Arab world.