Gender, Sex & Sexuality: KENYA | Escape: Regina, Escaped from FGM

Renu Regina Masiaine, 15 sits inside her dormroom at the Tasaru Safehouse for Girls. The Tasaru Safehouse receives young Maasai girls from preteens to late teens who seek refuge from female circumcision and early marriage. In Maasai culture, Regina is considered an orphan because she does not have a father, who died when she was a baby. Her fate was to be decided by the men in her family who follow the father as the final decision maker. In Maasai culture women are considered property or juveniles incapable of making decisions for themselves. Thus when Regina expressed to her brother her desire to continue her schooling, he adviced her to take refuge at Tasaru where she would no longer be under the reach and jurisdiction of her uncles who they believed planned on having her circumcised and married off.
Regina, Escaped from FGM, Narok

Renu Regina Masiaine, 15 sits inside her dormroom at the Tasaru Safehouse for Girls. The Tasaru Safehouse receives young Maasai girls from preteens to late teens who seek refuge from female circumcision and early marriage. In Maasai culture, Regina is considered an orphan because she does not have a father, who died when she was a baby. Her fate was to be decided by the men in her family who follow the father as the final decision maker. In Maasai culture women are considered property or juveniles incapable of making decisions for themselves. Thus when Regina expressed to her brother her desire to continue her schooling, he adviced her to take refuge at Tasaru where she would no longer be under the reach and jurisdiction of her uncles who they believed planned on having her circumcised and married off.