Today in celebration of FGM Zero Tolerance Day we wanted to highlight a true history-maker and trailblazer, Agnes Pareyio, founder of Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative whose tireless work has saved many young women from the horrors of female genital mutilation (FGM). This past year, Agnes made history with her election to the Kenyan Parliament, becoming the first woman to hold the Narok North Constituency MP seat. Over twenty years ago, Agnes opened a safe house for the girls in Narok, a shelter offering housing, resources, and education to women and girls fleeing FGM and child marriage. Here, Maasai women found community and a safe alternative way to celebrate their traditional “rite of passage.”
Of her victory, Agnes says, “My vying for this position was to encourage all women to rise up and fight for their rights. Women should fight to be on the decision-making table.” Congratulations Agnes! We celebrate your courage, vision, tenacity, and leadership as you continue to fight for the end of FGM and justice and equality for Maasai women and girls.
Join us in supporting Agnes in her vision of a world free from FGM.