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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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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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View in South West Kenya, near region in which S.A.F.E. Maa work. CC by 2.0 via Flickr

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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Two Girls Lafarug, Saaxil, Somaliland

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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Over 170 communities to end female genital cutting

Orchid Project are excited to share the news that 117 communities will be declaring abandonment of female genital cutting (FGC) in the Kolda region of Senegal this Sunday, 14th May 2017. And that’s not all – a further 57 communities will declare abandonment the following week, on 21st May 2017, in the Matam region of Senegal.

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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.