In Summary
  • The students got the nomination for the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought, whose finalists were selected on Wednesday.
  • The prize is by the European Parliament's political groups and individual members.
  • Their i-Cut app allows young woman to seek medical and legal aid before or after forcibly undergoing FGM.

The five students of Kisumu Girls' High School who developed a mobile app to fight Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are among finalists for the Sakharov Prize 2019.

The girls' group named The Restorers got the nomination for the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought, whose finalists were selected on Wednesday.

The prize is by the European Parliament's political groups and individual members.

“[It] will be awarded in a ceremony in Parliament’s hemicycle in Strasbourg on December 18,” read a statement by Beatrice Hongo, the Press and Information Officer of the Delegation of the European Union to Kenya.

The European Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize every year to honour exceptional individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms.

THE APP

The i-Cut app allows young woman to seek medical and legal aid before or after forcibly undergoing FGM.

The app’s interface has five buttons with the options ‘help’, ‘rescue’, ‘report’, ‘information on FGM’ and ‘donate and feedback’.

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