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Anthony Mukutu will discuss “Female Genital Mutilation: An Outdated Practice.” According to Mukutu, 37 of the 42 tribal communities in Kenya still practice female genital mutilation, or FGM. The procedure girls undergo is reported to be traumatic and sometimes life-threatening, but if it is not performed, girls are considered impure. Despite a legislative ban on the practice in 2011, more than 500 girls in Narok County (only one of 47 counties in Kenya) drop out of school every year because of FGM and early marriage. Circumcision is believed to ensure that young girls will not stray from their older, polygamous husbands, that their sexual urge has been reduced and their “bad” blood “purified”. The talk will be from noon -1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (R234) on the UWEC- Barron County campus. Mutuku served in the military with the Kenyan Defense Forces for 27 years, including service with the United Nations in various missions into the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone and Sudan. Upon retirement from the military, he was involved with various Kenyan community projects, including a non-governmental organization promoting awareness and education about the dangers of FGM. Anthony moved to the United States in January 2018 in pursuit of more knowledge and another way to give back to his community. He chose to study nursing with the intent of helping fellow Kenyan Defense Forces veterans and FGM survivors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Mukutu is currently a pre-nursing student aspiring to major in Mental Health Nursing.Lecture attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to the presentation.______________________________________________ Thursdays @ the U lecture series will run throughout the spring semester. The series, partly funded by the UW-Barron County Foundation, will explore topics in the arts, sciences, public affairs, literary fields and cultural areas. While hosting a variety of speakers, the university does not seek to endorse or promote a particular idea, opinion, topic or product over others. These lectures are free and open to the public.

Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234) located in Ritzinger Hall.

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May 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
UW-Eau Claire – Barron County