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About FGC

Female genital cutting is a harmful practice involving full or partial removal of a girl’s external genitals. It serves no medical purpose and has many harmful consequences.

What we do

Orchid Project has a vision of a world free from female genital cutting. Find out about how Orchid Project was set up, and meet our team of staff and Trustees as well as learning about who supports our work.

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Don’t Call Me Mutilated!

On 15th May 2014 I picked up a copy of the Evening Standard as an afterthought, to read on my commute home from St Paul’s in central London after a very informative day at a marketing event. As I descended down the escalator, newspaper in hand, my eyes captured a small image on the front

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Panellists at Orchid Project's event

The first African Girls Summit

In late November the capital of Zambia, Lusaka, played host to the first African Girls Summit on ending child marriage. Organised by the Africa Union, it was truly a momentous occasion, following on from the Girl Summit hosted by the UK government in London in July 2014, and bringing together well over one thousand delegates,

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Celebrating a Public Declaration for Abandonment of FGC

To refresh your memory, Part I of this blog post explained the series of project activities that led to 52 communities declaring abandonment of FGC in Kaolack, Senegal. Part II continues with stage four… Part II: Public Declaration for Abandonment of FGC in Senegal  Four Inter-village meetings (IVMs) were held between April and October with communities that expressed

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Book Review: ‘Cutting for Stone’ by Abraham Verghese

This week’s blog post is the first of its kind for Orchid Project. Recently, Abraham Verghese’s fantastic 2009 novel Cutting for Stone has been doing the rounds at the office, and we thought it would be great to review this book and share it with you today. Set primarily in Ethiopia, Cutting for Stone is

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Country Profiles

Orchid Project has been collating information about FGC around the world. Find out more about FGC practices and statistics in different countries and regions.