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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.

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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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Orchid’s CEO and Founder receives OBE

Last Friday 10th February 2017, our CEO and Founder Julia Lalla-Maharajh received her Queens Honour, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her commitment to ending female genital cutting (FGC) worldwide. Julia set up Orchid Project over 6 years ago. Before this, she spent 15 years in the private sector.  In

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Commentary on article in Nature Ecology and Evolution

Yesterday, February 6, Nature Ecology & Evolution published a study Frequency-dependent female genital cutting behaviour confers evolutionary fitness benefits.  The findings show FGC to be a social norm, held in place by the frequency with which it is practised (finding 1) and the fact that it enhances social fitness (finding 2). FGC is relative to a

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Knowledge Sharing Workshop – 3

We held our third Knowledge Sharing Workshop from 17th to 19th January 2017 in Narok, Kenya. The workshop was facilitated by Lucy Walker, our Programmes Manager, Cess Mugo, Programme Manager at Education Centre for the Advancement of Women (ECAW), Orchid Project’s partner, and Kathryn Newell-Jones, Consultant in global education, research and training. The Knowledge Sharing Workshop

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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.