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New research into attitudes on FGC in Kenya

Orchid Project has embarked on an exciting community-led research project with our three partner organisations in Kenya. The project aims to improve our joint understanding of communities’ knowledge and attitudes towards female genital cutting (FGC). By working with community researchers who will go into their own villages and towns to interview people from across generations,

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16 ways to end FGC for 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

From 25th November, the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, until 10th December, Human Rights Day, people and organisations around the world will be taking action for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Led by UN Women, the 16 Days campaign highlights inequalities faced by a significant proportion of the world’s

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Maasai Moran tour to break silence around FGC: S.A.F.E. Maa case study

S.A.F.E. Maa is a Kenyan-based NGO and UK charity working with the Maasai in the Loita Hills, South West Kenya, on ending female genital cutting (FGC), environmental sustainability, and addressing HIV and AIDS. They have been delivering programmes since 2008, and are dedicated to changing the attitudes surrounding FGC in Loita as a way to

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FGC decision-making dilemmas in Somaliland

In Somalia, East Africa, 98% of girls currently undergo female genital cutting (FGC); one of the highest prevalence rates out of the 30 countries where national data is collected around the practice. In Somaliland, there is no such national data to show how common FGC is amongst communities, and it is an area that was under-researched until

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‘Under-served and over-looked’ – Orchid Project welcomes IPPF’s report into gender equity

Speaking in Oslo on World Contraception Day 2017 at the launch of IPPF report, ‘Under-served and Over-looked: Prioritising contraceptive equity for the poorest and most marginalised women and girls”,  Julia Lalla-Maharajh OBE discussed the impacts of gender-based violence, including female genital cutting (FGC), on access to family planning services. She spoke about what needs to

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