Kenyan Teenagers Invent App to Help End Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is an abhorrent non-medical procedure that removes part or all of a girl’s external genitalia. FGM is a long held social custom — predominantly practiced in Africa, Asia and the Middle East — typically intended to prevent young girls from engaging in pre-marital sex. But five Kenyan teenagers are using technology to resist the cruel and life-threatening procedure .

Mashable reports that Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Mascrine Atieno, Ivy Akinyi and Stacy Owino are the creators of an app called i-Cut. The app allows young woman to seek medical and legal aid before or after forcibly undergoing FGM. i-Cut allows users to choose from five main options: “help,” “rescue,” “report,” “information on FGM” and “donate and feedback.”

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