New FGM/C Research Initiative launched to advance data and evidence to end harmful practice of FGM/C, effecting 200 Million+ women and girls globally.

Friday 14 July 2023
| By Kimberley Ellis

New FGM/C Research Initiative launched to advance data and evidence to end harmful practice of FGM/C, affecting 200 Million+ women and girls globally.

[Kigali, 2023] 

A New FGM/C Research Initiative is being launched to advance data and evidence to end the harmful practice of FGM/C, which effects 4.3 million girls worldwide, every year. Orchid Project‘s Research Team is excited to announce the innovation’s launch  for  July 16, 2023, at the Women Deliver 2023 Pre-conference event. This groundbreaking initiative aims to provide a one-stop shop for research, articles, and resources, shattering barriers that hinder access to vital knowledge and data required to eliminate female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

The FGM/C Research Initiative website can be accessed at  

FGM/C continues to inflict harm upon millions of girls and women worldwide, necessitating urgent action. Orchid Project’s Research Initiative seeks to address the knowledge gaps in the movement to end FGM/C, which hinder progress, by offering a comprehensive online platform that showcases the latest research papers, insightful articles, up-to-date data. Additionally, the website will break down linguistic barriers by providing multiple translations of resources including: English, French and Arabic, ensuring that community organisations and communities who are most affected by FGM/C themselves, have the means to access critical information.

The Preconference and launch of the initiative will bring together esteemed: researchers, activists, and advocates in the fight against FGM/C, to celebrate this significant milestone. Orchid Project’s CEO, Asenath Mwithigah, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, 

We [Orchid Project] are thrilled to introduce this vital online resource hub to the global community dedicated to ending FGM/C. The FGM/C Research Initiative will empower individuals and organisations by equipping them with the knowledge needed to drive sustainable change.”

The launch event, taking place at the Women Deliver 2023 Pre-conference Event, underscores the collective commitment to gender equality and ending gender-based violence of the global conference. It presents a unique opportunity for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and networking among stakeholders devoted to the rights and well-being of women and girls.

We will host a lunchtime session on the FGM/C Research Initiative at the FGM/C Pre-conference event on Sunday 16th July, at 1:30pm in the Simba Ballroom of the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, Kigali, KN 3 Ave, Kigali, Rwanda.

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About Orchid Project’s Research Team: Orchid Project’s Research Team (Previously 28-TooMany) is a leading global organisation dedicated to ending female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Orchid Project’s upcoming Research Initiative will serve as a comprehensive online platform, providing resources and knowledge to accelerate the abandonment of FGM/C worldwide, as as well as curating and commission its own research. Orchid Project leads efforts to create a world free from FGM/C and ensure the health, dignity, and rights of girls and women everywhere.