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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A young girl smiling. Senegal.

We’re recruiting a Head of Advocacy and Policy

Orchid Project has a vision of a world free from female genital cutting (FGC). Our mission is to foster and accelerate the abandonment of FGC around the world.  We are a UK registered charity, with a global reach. Female genital cutting (FGC) is the forcible removal of a girl’s external genitals. At least 3.9 million

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Ethiopia: an opportunity for change

Ethiopia is a nation in the midst of major change. After 20 years of violent conflict with Eritrea that claimed thousands of lives, a momentous peace agreement was agreed in July 2018, which United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres characterised as “…a new wind of hope blowing across Africa”. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, newly elected

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None of our daughters will be cut: Finda Baldé’s story

Finda Baldé is 52 years old and lives in a small Pulaar village called Thiarap, in the Kolda region of southern Senegal. She has had 11 children, three of whom have sadly passed away. Families in Thiarap have always practised female genital cutting (FGC); a harmful practice and social norm that affects more than 200

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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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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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