Hon Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo, Founder
Power Interview on Citizen TV with Hon. Dr, Linah Jebii Kilimo, Chair of Kenya's Anti-FGM part 1
Power Interview on Citizen TV with Hon. Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo, Chair of Kenya's Anti-FGM part 2
Power Breakfast interview on Citizen TV with Hon Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo, Chair of Kenya’s Anti FGM part 3
Why the Foundation?
The proposed Jebii Kilimo Foundation will therefore advance Peace Building through the following thematic areas;
Hon Dr. Kilimo has personally supported these initiatives over the last 10 years, specifically in the Marakwet East Constituency. A foundation is necessary to;
1. Provide structures through which local, regional and international support for Hon Dr. Kilimo’s work can continue and be sustained over and beyond herself – leaving a positive legacy of peace.
2. Provides provides opportunities to grow peace work beyond Marakwet and Pokot areas. These may include, but are not limited to addressing tensions between other communities, such as the Pokot and Turkana and even into the rest of Kenya – such as the current tensions in Tana River District.
3. By further adding capacity to the Foundation and its teams, peace work can be extended regionally to include communities in the greater East African region and beyond, to the Sudan, Somalia, DRC and other areas of the continent.
We therefore welcome like-minded persons able and willing to add value with the above to partner with us!
The need for Anti-FGM
Every day, 6,000 girls from the Horn of Africa to sub-Saharan nations are subjected to the human rights violation of female genital mutilation (FGM), according to the Grassroots Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation. The practice has been going on for over 5,000 years and is currently spreading to the US, UK, Europe and Australia through immigrant communities secretly continuing the practice.
The Kenyan Demographic and Health Survey of 2008 and 2009 indicated the one out of every three women between ages 15 to 49 years had undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), with most communities in Kenya’s Eastern and North Rift embracing the female cut.
Grassroots groups fighting to end FGM are often underfunded, isolated and face the overwhelming challenge of having to intervene in urgent and sometimes life-threatening situations with little access to resources.
There is a need to offer leadership and strategically focus resources in providing sustainable solutions, as has successfully been done in Senegal, Guinea, the Gambia, Bukina Faso and Somalia.
Through sustainable Community Empowerment Programs, it is possible to convince communities and circumcisers to lay down their knives, provide Human Rights Based education classes and add value to the leadership skills of the girls. The alternative involves engaging medical personnel in physical and psychological treatment, as well as law enforcement at unnecessarily high cost to the communities.
The Need for Peace Building
Before the year 2002, children as young as age 3 or 4 at the boarder areas of Marakwet and Pokot areas of Kenya's Rift Valley knew how to differenciate gunshots from G3 and AK47 rifles. They could tell the sound of the government issued G3 rifle, and the popular bandit based AK47 because this was the order of the day to have cross boarder raids in the area.
The Chesegon area was most affected, and was the scene of fierce fighting between the two communities. Engineer Kilimo’s sister, Marotich is married in Pokot – was not able to even come visit her brother due to the tensions between the communities. The fighting began in 1969 and continued on until year 2002 – when Hon Kilimo was elected to parliament and immediately began preaching the message of peace in the communities. In celebration of 10 years of peace, the Chesegon site is the proposed site for the establishment a memorial, with a social and educational centre to promote healing.
Proposed activities that promote and enhance peace include taking a bus load of Marakwet and Pokot leaders to further appreciate the value of peace through visits to the United Nations Head office at Nairobi and the Kigali Memorial of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, as Rwanda celebrates 18 years of peace since its own genocide. The above will be followed up by Careers talks to school students in both Pokot and Marakwet Peace, on the thematic issues of peace building and dispute resolution.