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Declaration ceremonies supporting an end to FGC

On 14th May 2017, 117 communities united to declare their abandonment of female genital cutting (FGC). Each community that chose to abandon had been reached by Orchid Project’s social mobilisation programme, whereby volunteers travel through their social networks, often by foot or horse and cart, to share with others why their communities chose to stop

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Over 170 communities to end female genital cutting

Orchid Project are excited to share the news that 117 communities will be declaring abandonment of female genital cutting (FGC) in the Kolda region of Senegal this Sunday, 14th May 2017. And that’s not all – a further 57 communities will declare abandonment the following week, on 21st May 2017, in the Matam region of Senegal.

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Orchid are recruiting a Head of Fundraising

Orchid Project has a vision of a world free from female genital cutting – something we believe is entirely possible. To achieve this we advocate to ensure stakeholders resource and prioritise an end to FGC, communicate the potential to end FGC within a generation and partner with organisations that deliver a sustainable, proven end to

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Supporting Orchid Project

Orchid Project is lucky to have a wide range of donors – from students who might give us £2 a month, through to others at the larger end of the spectrum. People support us for a variety of different reasons.  For some, it’s the vision of a world free from FGC within their lifetimes –

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Orchid’s CEO and Founder receives OBE

Last Friday 10th February 2017, our CEO and Founder Julia Lalla-Maharajh received her Queens Honour, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her commitment to ending female genital cutting (FGC) worldwide. Julia set up Orchid Project over 6 years ago. Before this, she spent 15 years in the private sector.  In

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Commentary on article in Nature Ecology and Evolution

Yesterday, February 6, Nature Ecology & Evolution published a study Frequency-dependent female genital cutting behaviour confers evolutionary fitness benefits.  The findings show FGC to be a social norm, held in place by the frequency with which it is practised (finding 1) and the fact that it enhances social fitness (finding 2). FGC is relative to a

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