Five Female Kenyan Students Develop An App For Circumcision Called i-Cut

Their age ranges between 15 and 17 years, they are Stacy Owino, Synthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Macrine Atieno and Ivy Akiny who as a group call themselves the Restorers. Together they launched the i-cut application, an app whose aim is to tackle Female Genital Mutilation and "restore hope for girls in despair,"...

Their age ranges between 15 and 17 years, they are Stacy Owino, Synthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Macrine Atieno and Ivy Akiny who as a group call themselves the Restorers. Together they launched the i-cut application, an app whose aim is to tackle Female Genital Mutilation and “restore hope for girls in despair,” Synthia Otieno revealed in an interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation News.

The girls have all witnessed the physiological ravages FGM can have on people that are close to them, their friends. Purity Achieng in Mashable talked about one of such scenarios which involved a schoolmate.  Her words:.

She was one of the smartest girls I knew. “We were very close, but after she was excised, she never returned to school,”

The five girl group, ‘Restorers’ met with Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta.

About the App

The i-cut application , is based on a procedure already set up on some phones with rapid shortcuts to combat aggression. It is very easy to use and has five buttons: : “help,” “rescue,” “report,” “information on FGM,” and “donate and feedback.”

Through the i-Cut app, girls who are being forced to undergo the procedure can alert authorities with a distress call. Survivors can also report their violations to local authorities and find local rescue centers where they can get help — all with the touch of a button.

Beyond the practical side of the application, the five students also wanted to be able to provide valid and complete information on genital mutilation and actively militate for the definitive abolition of this practice.

Finalists of the Technovation Challenge

Technovation Challenge funded by Google and the United Nations made this possible, the program selects innovative girls’ projects around the world. It aims to help girls around the world acquire the skills needed to become entrepreneurs and leaders in the technology field.

 

With the i-Cut app, “The Restorers” hope they can bring the number of women affected by FGM down to zero.

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