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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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Our new partnership with Sahiyo!

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Sahiyo, an organisation with the mission to empower Dawoodi Bohra and other Asian communities to end FGC and create positive social change through dialogue, education and collaboration based on community involvement. Orchid Project will support Sahiyo to work to end female genital cutting (FGC) in the

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Orchid Project Fellows – July 2016

The Tostan Training Centre (TTC) is expecting its third round of Orchid Project Fellows to start training tomorrow! Our wonderful fellows Sarian, Hawa, Shaheeda and Mariya set off this morning from London, Mumbai and Boston to meet at the TTC in Senegal for their 10 days of training on Tostan’s human rights-based approach to community-led development. Each day includes

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Response: The Economist’s ‘Agonising choice’

This afternoon The Economist released an article entitled ‘An Agonising Choice’. This piece argues that in order to end female genital cutting (FGC), governments should ban the most severe forms of the practice and alternatively advocate for the adoption of less severe forms that supposedly have fewer health implications. We at Orchid Project cannot condone

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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.