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G7 ministers must recognise importance of ending FGC

This week’s announcement that G7 finance and development ministers meeting in Whistler, Canada will address key barriers to the rights and empowerment of adolescent girls is an important and welcome advancement. Also important is the fact that Violence Against Women and Girls is on the agenda at the 44th G7 Leaders’ Summit in Quebec on

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How non-judgemental, open dialogue can support an end to FGC: A case study

By Katy Newell-Jones and Jenna Richards Nelly Maiciurani is a young, unmarried Maasai woman from Ololulungo, volunteering at Narok hospital. She is also a Community Activist for Orchid Project’s partner Coalition on Violence against Women (COVAW) working to end female genital cutting (FGC) in Narok. As well as being a respected and trusted member of

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New research into attitudes on FGC in Kenya

Orchid Project has embarked on an exciting community-led research project with our three partner organisations in Kenya. The project aims to improve our joint understanding of communities’ knowledge and attitudes towards female genital cutting (FGC). By working with community researchers who will go into their own villages and towns to interview people from across generations,

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16 ways to end FGC for 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

From 25th November, the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, until 10th December, Human Rights Day, people and organisations around the world will be taking action for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Led by UN Women, the 16 Days campaign highlights inequalities faced by a significant proportion of the world’s

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Maasai Moran tour to break silence around FGC: S.A.F.E. Maa case study

S.A.F.E. Maa is a Kenyan-based NGO and UK charity working with the Maasai in the Loita Hills, South West Kenya, on ending female genital cutting (FGC), environmental sustainability, and addressing HIV and AIDS. They have been delivering programmes since 2008, and are dedicated to changing the attitudes surrounding FGC in Loita as a way to

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