To learn more about FGM or support the United Nations #endFGM movement, the resources below will get you started.
UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) jointly with UNICEF (United Nations InternationalChildren's Fund), lead the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. The programme currently focuses on 17 African countries and also supports regional and global initiatives.
The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme harnesses the complementary expertise of the two UN agencies and works in close collaboration with governments, grass-roots community organizations and other key stakeholders to put an end to FGM, a human rights issue that affects girls and women worldwide.
World Health Organization
Building on work from previous decades, in 1997, WHO issued a joint statement against the practice of FGM together with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Since 1997, great efforts have been made to counteract FGM, through research, work within communities, and changes in public policy.
Petitioning The Government of Canada: ENDING the practice of Female Genital Mutilation in Canada
Plan International works with parents, community leaders, government authorities and children and young people to raise awareness, transform behaviour and put an end to harmful traditional practices such as FGM. We are striving to end excision so girls can make decisions about their own sexual and reproductive health and well-being.
AmrEf Health Africa
Amref Health Africa partners with communities in Kenya and Tanzania to end the practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) through community-led ceremonies known as Alternative Rites of Passage.
Uzima International published an in-depth report of the scale of FGM in Canada in 2017.
Providing care and support to disadvantaged families and communities to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease with particular focus on women and children both domestically and internationally. We provide training workshops to educate women and men on ways to relieve poverty by reducing economic instability as well as making communities healthier.
Islamic Relief Canada
This report by Islamic Relief Canada provides an in-depth look into how FGM is perceived and practiced in Indonesia. For the first time, we have an evidence based understanding of how religious motivators are wrongly used to justify FGM in parts of Indonesia – and possibly many other Muslim communities throughout the world.
Launched in 2009, the Kering Corporate Foundation combats Violence Against Women.
In the United Kingdom, the Foundation’s partner Birmingham & Sollihul Women’s Aid has been providing medical, legal and psychological support to women who are survivors of female genital mutilation since 2010. Stemming from the realization that women who had undergone FGM were not receiving the comprehensive care they needed, the organization put into place a community based approach in order to improve their overall well-being.
America Matters is a non-partisan non-profit focused on issues that matter to the American people.
24 States do not have laws banning Female Genital Mutilation. Sign our petition and we’ll send it to the legislatures in those states.
FORWARD works in the UK, Europe and Africa to safeguard girls at risk of FGM and support women affected. We do this through direct community engagement, advocacy and strategic partnerships.
Orchid Project has a vision of a world free from female genital cutting. To achieve this we:
Advocate to ensure stakeholders resource and prioritize an end to FGC
Communicate the potential to end FGC within a generation and raise awareness about how, why and where FGC happens
Partner with organizations that deliver a sustainable, proven end to FGC
TOSTAN International works with African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. TOSTAN has also put together a very useful FAQ on the difference between FGM and FGC, which you can find below.