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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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FGC decision-making dilemmas in Somaliland

In Somalia, East Africa, 98% of girls currently undergo female genital cutting (FGC); one of the highest prevalence rates out of the 30 countries where national data is collected around the practice. In Somaliland, there is no such national data to show how common FGC is amongst communities, and it is an area that was under-researched until

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‘Under-served and over-looked’ – Orchid Project welcomes IPPF’s report into gender equity

Speaking in Oslo on World Contraception Day 2017 at the launch of IPPF report, ‘Under-served and Over-looked: Prioritising contraceptive equity for the poorest and most marginalised women and girls”,  Julia Lalla-Maharajh OBE discussed the impacts of gender-based violence, including female genital cutting (FGC), on access to family planning services. She spoke about what needs to

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Orchid Project welcomes UK-Canadian collaboration to champion gender equality

Today’s joint announcement from Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that our two governments are committed to close collaboration on a range of topics is an important and welcome union, not least because of their strategic partnership to support gender equality and women’s empowerment. The two leaders confirmed that their governments

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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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