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Support for ending FGC

We’ve just seen the news that Canada has invested $650m in SRHR and have specifically made mention of support to programmes that will help prevent and respond to female genital mutilation and cutting. At Orchid we are delighted to read about this commitment, given the role we have played in advocating for this investment, including

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Supporting Orchid Project

Orchid Project is lucky to have a wide range of donors – from students who might give us £2 a month, through to others at the larger end of the spectrum. People support us for a variety of different reasons.  For some, it’s the vision of a world free from FGC within their lifetimes –

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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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External Evaluation Social Mobilisation Programme

Since 2012, Orchid Project has partnered with Tostan, a Senegal-based NGO that focuses on sustainable development and positive transformation of communities based on respect for human rights. Tostan’s Community Empowerment Programme (CEP) is a 3-year non-formal education programme implemented in six countries. The CEP has multiple outcomes, and one key result is the abandonment of

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