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Our new partnership with Sahiyo!

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Sahiyo, an organisation with the mission to empower Dawoodi Bohra and other Asian communities to end FGC and create positive social change through dialogue, education and collaboration based on community involvement. Orchid Project will support Sahiyo to work to end female genital cutting (FGC) in the

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Nigeria passes bill criminalising FGC

Earlier this month, Nigeria passed a bill which seeks to end female genital cutting (FGC) and other forms of gender-based violence. Until now, there had been no law banning FGC in the country. The House of Representatives (lower house) passed a bill in 2007 to ban FGC which was awaiting Senate (upper house) and Executive

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark speaks out about FGC

When our CEO, Julia Lalla-Maharajh, attended ICRW’s Champions for Change dinner at London’s Banqueting House, she had no idea that she would be seeing an old friend of Orchid Project’s, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, speaking eloquently and passionately about FGC, and specifically about a visit she made to Ethiopia earlier this year. In her

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Mourning the loss of Efua Dorkenoo

It was with great sadness that the Orchid Project team learned of the passing of Efua Dorkenoo, OBE, over the weekend. Efua was truly a role model for all members of the global movement to end female genital cutting and we have lost a great leader. Efua worked to end FGC for over three decades,

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ISIS Fatwa stating FGC is obligatory

Orchid Project recently received word from a friend and activist based in Iran. Whilst we have not been able to verify the source material, we have been told that: “ISIS have issued a Fatwa stating that Female Genital Cutting is obligatory for every girl and women living in their Caliphate, because they consider it to

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