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sOn June 2, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada, civil society organizations, champions, survivors, and other grassroots representatives came together at Women Deliver 2019 to unit voices around a global Call to Action to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) by 2030. You can add your voice and endorse the Global Platform for Action to End FGM/C.
GGWW has signed the global call to action to end FGM/C
GGWW is a member of US End FGM/C Network
GGWW is a member of End FGM Canada Network
The Orchid Project is an NGO catalysing the global movement to end female genital cutting (FGC). Orchid Project partners with pioneering grassroots organizations around the world, and shares knowledge and best practices to accelerate change. Orchid Project also advocates among governments and global leaders to ensure work to end FGC is prioritized.
Global Media Campaign
Global Media Campaign and their partners know that FGM ends when local level activists, influencers, medics, religious leaders and journalists take to the airwaves calling for the practice to stop. GMC supports and funds local end FGM media campaigns on outlets from solar radios to Facebook and has reached, along with partners, viewers and listeners in eight countries across Africa. GMC trains and funds grassroots activists to deliver effective anti-FGM media content using the most influential voices of their communities.
Sahiyo is dedicated to empowering Asian communities to end female genital cutting (FGC) and create positive social change. By working towards an FGC-free world, Sahiyo aims to recognize and emphasize the values of consent and a child’s/woman’s right over her own body.
In collaboration with the San Francisco Asian Women’s Shelter, Sahiyo has a support hotline staffed by trained advocates who are knowledgeable on FGM/C and the cultural and social connotations. (877) 751-0880
28 Too Many
28 Too Many undertakes research and provides knowledge and tools to those working to end FGM in the countries in Africa where it is practiced and across the diaspora worldwide. 28 Too Many effects change by: collating and interpreting data, engaging influencers, and equipping local organizations.
Global Platform for Action to End FGM/C
Global Platform for Action to End FGM/C is a united group of civil society organizations, champions, and survivors advocating for the end of FGM/C by 2030. The Global Platform for Action collaborates and unifies voices to challenge social and gender norms, strengthen the evidence base through research, support survivors, and increase resources to reach the 2030 goal.
The AHA Foundation
The AHA Foundation works to protect women from honor violence, forced marriage and genital mutilation. Their programs advocate for freedom of speech on campuses and in public debate, and amplify the voices of Muslim reformers. AHA provides risk assessment training on the AMA EdHub website to help professionals in the medical field and beyond better understand FGM/C and engage with survivors and those at risk for FGM/C in a culturally sensitive manner.
Equality Now uses the law to protect and promote the human rights of women and girls around the world. With partners and supporters in nearly every country in the world, and staff in New York, London, Nairobi, Amman and Washington, D.C., Equality Now advocates locally, nationally and internationally to advance Legal Equality and Justice for Girls, and to End Sex Trafficking, Sexual Violence and Harmful Practices, including female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. The Equality Now website has worldwide data, and numerous resources for education and advocacy, including clear and detailed fact sheets that can be cited as references when working with lawmakers.
End FGM/C Canada Network
The End FGM/C Canada Network is a non-partisan group of individuals and organizations working to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) both in Canada and abroad. The network focuses on urging the Canadian government to acknowledge that FGM/C is an issue, and to create a National Action Plan to support survivors and to protect girls at risk in Canada. In addition, the End FGM/C Network encourages the Canadian government to take a lead internationally and focus more development aid on the human rights battle to end FGM/C worldwide.
The Anti-FGM Board works to uphold the dignity and empower of girls and women in Kenya through the coordination of initiatives, awareness creation, and advocacy against FGM and is a semi-autonomous government agency established following the enactment of the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act, 2011. The Board creates public awareness campaigns, advises the government on matters relating to female genital mutilation and the implementation of the Act, formulates policy, and provides technical support to institutions.
The Ifrah Foundation’s vison is the absolute abandonment of FGM in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Ifrah Ahmed is an international FGM/C eradication advocate and activist, and campaigns for legislation to ban FGM/C around the world. Along with a coalition of partners the Ifrah Foundation coordinates advocacy and community empowerment initiatives, and implements survivor support systems.
Msichana Empowerment Kuria
Msichana Empowerment Kuria is a girls and women-led community-based organization in Kenya founded to end FGM and create girl-focused interventions to address issues related to FGM: child marriage, child pregnancies, menstrual health rights, sexual reproductive health rights, poverty, human rights concerns, and gender inequality. Msichana Empowerment Kuria's interventions deliberately address norms, attitudes, laws, policies, and practices that affect girls' safety and wellbeing.
US End FGM/C Network
The US End FGM/C Network (the Network) is a collaborative group of survivors, civil society organizations, foundations, activists, policymakers, researchers, healthcare providers, and others committed to promoting the abandonment of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) in the U.S. and around the world. The Network functions as a platform that facilitates collaboration and information sharing, empowers grassroots organizations and supports survivors, builds bridges between US based and international efforts to end FGM/C, influences policies and laws, and leads both national and global efforts to frame the issue of FGM/C in a broad and intersectional manner.
The Community of Practice on Female Genital Mutilation (CoP FGM)
The Community of Practice on Female Genital Mutilation (CoP FGM) is an international, bilingual (French/English) network, gathering professionals and activists working on female genital mutilation. The CoP FGM aims to put an end to FGM and promote women and girls’ well-being and human rights.
Last Mile 4D
Last Mile4D designs and implements education and training programs with a focus on the health and safety of women living in the most remote and underserved areas of the developing world known as the “Last Mile” communities. Programs center around gender-responsive education and deploy a solar powered backpack with a computer and information communication and documentation technology (ICT). In Kenya, LM4D has used this bundling of technology and programming to help eradicate FGM and plans to scale up.
UNFPA & the Ifrah Foundation
UNFPA and the Ifrah Foundation developed the Dear Daughter letter-writing campaign with the aim that no one ever experiences female genital mutilation. By promising not to cut their daughters, individuals are not only protecting them but restoring their bodily autonomy and supporting their right to govern their own bodies, while inspiring others to make the pledge.
The Girl Generation
The Girl Generation is a social change communications initiative, providing a global platform for catalysing and amplifying the Africa-led movement to end FGM. The Girl Generation promotes the use of social change communication to influence a change in the social norms that underpin FGM, supports grassroots organisations to strengthen their social change communications to end FGM, and develops locally-owned strategies, informed by national priorities, to address local contexts and needs.
Mumkin is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven app that uses conversational AI to enable mock conversations about FGC between the User and fictional characters. The idea is to help users shed inhibitions and gain confidence in order to have a real-life conversation.
The Five Foundation
The Five Foundation is a dedicated funding stream for evidence based work by grassroots activists with the goal of accelerating the prioritization of ending FGM/C. Based on the idea that efforts to end FGM/C are drastically underfunded and better delivered by local grassroots organizations, The Five Foundation provides funding mechanisms focused on women and girls, with the intention of a global reach.
Global Woman P.E.A.C.E Foundation
Global Woman P.E.A.C.E Foundation advocates for the end of FGM/C in the United States and Western Africa with programs to prevent FGM/C and support the physical, psychological, and emotional rehabilitation of survivors. Global Woman P.E.A.C.E Foundation’s Wholesome Organic Relief provides an online support group and restorative surgery and the Survivor Resettlement Program assists FGM/C survivors with asylum applications, legal representation, relocation, and finding employment. The P.E.A.C.E. acronym stands for People, Everywhere, All Created Equal.
The Women Against Violence and Exploitation Foundation builds strategic partnerships to end FGM and all forms of violence against women and girls in Nigeria. WAVE represents an inclusive, confident, loud, independent feminist voice and provides counselling, legal aid, and advocacy for girls’ and women’s rights through meaningful community projects that promote justice, peace and equal rights for all.