Female genital cutting (FGC) is a harmful practice that affects over 200 million women and girls worldwide. Nearly 9,000 communities in West Africa have publicly declared an end to FGC through the work of grassroots organisation, Tostan. Through empowerment and human rights-based education, whole communities are making the historic decision not to cut their daughters.
Orchid Project is partnering with Tostan to catalyse this growing movement to end FGC. In May 2017, Thiara in Senegal hosted a ceremony where 117 communities declared abandonment of FGC, in front of witnessing representatives from other villages.
This is one of many declaration ceremonies that have taken place through Tostan’s work, and the movement is continuing to grow.