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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.

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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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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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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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True scale of FGC is not currently represented by research and evidence

 Orchid Project is calling for greater research and evidence outside the 30 countries that currently report national data on female genital cutting (FGC) prevalence for women aged 15-49 There should be increased reporting from UN member states on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 5.3.2 relating to FGC to reflect the global scale of the issue

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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.

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