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.

News + Blog

Has FGC prevalence dropped significantly in East, North and West Africa?

New statistical analysis finding a significant decrease in female genital cutting (FGC) prevalence rates across East, North and West Africa is encouraging but should be received with caution, and with an understanding of the context-specific nature of the practice around the world. In East Africa, FGC prevalence amongst girls aged 0-14 has dropped to 8%

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Choosing a world free from FGC: Aissata’s story

      New animation on female genital cutting released – Aissata’s true story   UNFPA Executive Director, Dr Natalia Kanem- “Aissata’s story tells us that with community engagement, greater political will and targeted investments, we can change social norms and save girls’ lives. Let’s quickly step up our efforts to make good on our

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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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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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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.