Orchid Project has a vision of a world free from female genital cutting (FGC). Our mission is to foster and accelerate the abandonment of FGC around the world. We are a UK registered charity, with a global reach.
Female genital cutting (FGC) is the forcible removal of a girl’s external genitals. At least 3.9 million girls are at risk of being cut each year. Over 200 million women are living with the devastating impacts of FGC worldwide. In half the countries that practice FGC, the majority of girls are cut before they are 5 years old. FGC contravenes human, health, child and women’s rights. FGC serves no medical purpose, is not required by any religion, and can lead to severe negative physical and psychological impacts.
Orchid Project advocates for increased resourcing and prioritisation of the issue globally, supports and develops partners who are working for a sustained end to FGC in practising countries, and communicates the importance and urgent need for the practice to end.