Kenyan girls win contest to save girls from genital mutilation

Young Kenyan girls take part in tribal ceremony. Photo : REUTERS

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – On 16 January 2019, five students from the Kisumu Girls High School in Kenya, will receive awards for inventing an app that will save girls from genital mutilation, sources said Wednesday.

The girls invented the ‘I-Cut’ app that links girls who are at risk of been cut with rescue centres.

“The girls were selected out of several dozen nominees, for innovation of the mobile application called I-cut,” said Daily Trust African in a statement.

Every year, the Daily Trust newspaper selects an African for his or her innovative invention.

The Daily Trust statement said the girls’ invention will go a long way in helping to fight against female genital mutilation with the “life-changing” invention.

On top of the award, they will also receive a cash prize of 2.5 million Kenyan Shillings for inventing the app.

The girls will be presented with a continental award in Abuja, Nigeria during a ceremony.

The girls Stacy Owino, Purity Achieng, Ivy Akinyi, Synthia Otieno and Marine Otieno – will be honoured at a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria.

Former Botswana president Festus Mogae was the head of the Daily Trust’s ‘African of the year’ award committee.

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