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Ethiopia: an opportunity for change

Ethiopia is a nation in the midst of major change. After 20 years of violent conflict with Eritrea that claimed thousands of lives, a momentous peace agreement was agreed in July 2018, which United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres characterised as “…a new wind of hope blowing across Africa”. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, newly elected

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None of our daughters will be cut: Finda Baldé’s story

Finda Baldé is 52 years old and lives in a small Pulaar village called Thiarap, in the Kolda region of southern Senegal. She has had 11 children, three of whom have sadly passed away. Families in Thiarap have always practised female genital cutting (FGC); a harmful practice and social norm that affects more than 200

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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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