In Summary
  • As you may be aware, Chama is a women’s only welfare group of which I am the only male member.
  • My membership is pegged on my expertise in matters sex and I am only invited to meetings when these issues are being discussed.

Chama members were at it again last Saturday. They called for an urgent meeting and ordered me to join them.

“Do not take this invitation lightly. It is not one of those optional ones,” the chairperson emphasised to me on phone. “We have an important sex matter in the courts of law and if we get it wrong, our lot will forever suffer the consequences and we will forever be ridiculed by the international community.”

As you may be aware, Chama is a women’s only welfare group of which I am the only male member.

My membership is pegged on my expertise in matters sex and I am only invited to meetings when these issues are being discussed.

“One of you doctors has gone to court with a petition that adult women be allowed to undergo FGM,” the vice chairperson explained at the meeting. “We have planned to hold a demonstration outside the court during the hearing but we would like your expert view on the subject.”

Chama members were referring to a case in a Machakos court in which a doctor is petitioning for FGM to be legalised for adult women and to be done in health facilities. “Well, the case is before the courts and I think we are not allowed to discuss it,” I replied, trying to bring reason to a group that was visibly angry.

“Okay good doctor, do not discuss the case. Just enlighten us on the subject of FGM and we will make our own decisions on how to respond to the petition,” said the chairperson.

And so I found myself between a rock and a hard place. There was definitely no embargo on sharing information on FGM, but I hoped this would not be deemed as interfering with matters before a court of law.

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