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About FGC

Female genital cutting is a harmful practice involving full or partial removal of a girl’s external genitals. It serves no medical purpose and has many harmful consequences.

What we do

Orchid Project has a vision of a world free from female genital cutting. Find out about how Orchid Project was set up, and meet our team of staff and Trustees as well as learning about who supports our work.

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Kiram Tadesse 2

Our future, our choice

Hope will never fade so long as determination drives us. We are responsible for the future, and envision a bright destiny. Change is inevitable, but it is clear that we need to be the change we want to see. Centuries have passed, history remains, and time moves on – everything is in a constant state

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Joannie Bewa

Communicating change: building a community dialogue around ending FGC

After spending a busy day organising school sensitisation programmes on early pregnancy and family planning with members of the Young Beninese Leaders Association (YBLA), I took a moment to think about some key challenges faced by girls and women in my continent Africa and in our world. This reflection was inspired by a photo that

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Survivor turned Activist: raising my voice against FGM/C

I was born and raised in Africa, so both culture and tradition are dear to my heart. I’ve always taken pride in admiring the rich cultural wealth that expands the continent and have found endless excuses to celebrate my own African identity. However, I do believe that not all we rejoice in is worth celebrating. Female

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I was seven when I underwent ‘khatna’. But it wasn’t until much later in life that I understood what that meant. When I think of it now, I can only recall fragments of the actual event; my younger sister having it done to her, the party that we had afterwards to celebrate. It was sometime

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Africa, FGC and running marathons

I first met Julia Lalla-Maharajh, Orchid Project’s CEO and Founder during our time together at Voluntary Services Overseas in Ethiopia between 2008 and 2009. I respected the life changes Julia had made and the impact she and her colleagues are having at Orchid Project. In Africa, I learnt how women are key to development and

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Country Profiles

Orchid Project has been collating information about FGC around the world. Find out more about FGC practices and statistics in different countries and regions.