Girls fly to Google to stop 'the cut'

FIVE SCHOOL GIRLS AGED 15-17WHO WANT TO BE KNOWN AS "RESTORES" HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE THE ONLY AFRICANS WHO WERE INVITED TO GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS FOR TECHNOVATION, TO WIN A FIFTEEN-THOUSAND-DOLLAR PRIZE FOR iCut, AN APP TO END FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION.

 T-shirt worn by a gentleman during a social event advocating against the practice at the Imbirikani Girls High School in Imbirikani, Kenya, April 21, 2016.

T-shirt worn by a gentleman during a social event advocating against the practice at the Imbirikani Girls High School in Imbirikani, Kenya, April 21, 2016.

The power and positive effect of Technology cannot be over-emphasized. Human life has been made a lot easier and if possible longer because of the innovative ideas that have been birthed- all thanks to all those with future-thinking mindset. Speaking in relation to this write-up it has been announced that five Kenyan teenage girls burdened with a major health and gender problem in their community have built an app to solve that problem - Female Genital Mutilation.

FGM which is a violation of the human rights of girls and women is still been practiced in many countries today despite the enormous awareness that has been made to curb the practice. According to World Health Organisation, Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women and can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, infections, complications in childbirth, increased risk of newborn and other health complications. This act is carried out on females between infancy and the age of 15.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) writes on their website;

An estimated 200 million girls and women alive today are believed to have been subjected to FGM; but rates of FGM are increasing, a reflection of global population growth. Girls and women who have undergone FGM live predominately in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States, but FGM is also practiced in select countries in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. It is also practiced among migrant populations throughout Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
A key challenge is not only protecting girls who are currently at risk but also ensuring that those to be born in the future will be free from the dangers of the practice. This is especially important considering that FGM-concentrated countries are generally experiencing high population growth and have large youth populations. In 2010, for example, more than 45 per cent of the female populations in the Gambia, Mali, Somalia and Uganda were under age 15.
— http://www.unfpa.org/resources/female-genital-mutilation-fgm-frequently-asked-questions

According to the makers of iCut app, "FGM is a big problem affecting girls worldwide and it is a problem we want to solve. This whole experience will change our lives. Whether we win or not, our perspective of the world and the possibilities it has will change for the better. We call ourselves "Restorers"  because we want to restore hope to hopeless girls," 

They continued by revealing that "Although our community does not practice FGM, we have friends who have been cut. "We were very close to one of them, but after she was cut she never came back to school," and she was among the smartest girls we knew."

iCut app is a simple interface which has five buttons - help, rescue, report, information on FGM, donate and feedback — offering users different services.

Technovation offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Girls ages 10 to 18 learn to identify a problem in their community and create a mobile app solution to address that problem, and then learn how to communicate these ideas and translate them into a fully launched business. The 2017 season was launched in partnership with Google's Made with Code and UN Women. 

Africa has had incredible problem solving innovative ideas which have been birthed but it still stands that there are more problems which with the help of technology, can be solved. We hereby, call on tech experts, both young and old, male or female to come up with such to help with both natural and man made problems.

This is creativity at a very incredible level. We do hope that they win the prize.

All the best "Restores."