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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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London postcard campaign – Q&A

So you found one of our postcards in London? Please refer to the Q&A below if you have any questions, and contact [email protected] for any further queries. What is Orchid Project? Orchid Project is a charity based in London, working to end female genital cutting (FGC) around the world. FGC is a harmful practice and

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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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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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G7 ministers must recognise importance of ending FGC

This week’s announcement that G7 finance and development ministers meeting in Whistler, Canada will address key barriers to the rights and empowerment of adolescent girls is an important and welcome advancement. Also important is the fact that Violence Against Women and Girls is on the agenda at the 44th G7 Leaders’ Summit in Quebec on

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