The Kenyan teenagers tackling female genital mutilation with an app

The five Kenya girls, 'The Restorers', created an app called i-Cut, designed to connect girls affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to legal and medical assistance.

Story highlights

  • A girl forced to undergo FGM can call for help by pressing a panic button on the app
  • The students will be the only Africans participating in the 2017 Technovation Challenge in California

(CNN)A group of Kenyan teenagers have created an app called i-Cut to help girls affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The students, Stacy Owino, Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Mascrine Atieno and Ivy Akinyi, have named themselves 'The Restorers', and they were the only Africans that participated in the 2017 Technovation Challenge in Silicon Valley in August.
    The app will help connect affected girls to legal and medical assistance.
      Girls who are forced to undergo the procedure can also alert local authorities by pressing a panic button on the app.
      Despite being illegal, Kenya still records a high number of FGM cases. According to a 2016 Uni