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

A step on the path to ending female genital cutting by 2030

Stunning blue skies, vertiginous skyscrapers and a vibrant array of national flags greeted me upon arrival at the UN headquarters in New York, where I travelled for the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2019. CSW is a UN body but also an annual global gathering focused on gender equality and women’s

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Orchid Project launches search for its next CEO

After eight incredible years as CEO & Founder of Orchid Project, Julia Lalla-Maharajh OBE is transitioning to a new role of “Founder & Ambassador” for Orchid Project later this year, where she will continue to be involved in our thriving organisation. Julia’s decision means that the Board of Orchid Project have, in line with their

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3,000 Maasai gather to abandon cutting in Kenya

I’m on my way home through a dismal February-London, and it already feels as if the exuberance, gravity and joy of the gathering I have just been privileged to witness in the Loita Hills of Kenya is far behind me. What I saw there was not an everyday occurrence. 3,000 Maasai came together to publicly

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G7 Gender Advisory Council prioritises ending female genital cutting

The announcement this week that ending female genital cutting (FGC) is a key priority for the G7 Gender Advisory Council is an encouraging development, which Orchid Project is delighted to welcome. We hope that this lays a foundation for concrete commitments from the G7 to support efforts to stop this practice, which is violation 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.