700 civil society organisations & activists signed the joint letter to Generation Equality Action Coalition Leaders

Thursday 26 November 2020

As part of the Global Platform for Action to End FGM/C, Orchid Project joined forces with Girls Not Brides to call on the leaders of the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Gender-based Violence (GBV) to commit to ending the harmful practices of female genital cutting (FGC) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).

Both FGC and CEFM are forms of gender-based violence, and are violations of the human rights of women and girls. They are held in place by discriminatory gender stereotypes and norms that define the limits of a girl’s aspirations, and have devastating consequences and impacts across her life.

With 10 years remaining to achieve the 2030 Agenda, the Generation Equality Forum provides an opportunity to take stock of progress made on ending GBV and harmful practices and to make a renewed push for accelerated action on  the Beijing Platform for Action and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.3. By standing together to address CEFM and FGC we can work towards a a world where women and girls live free from violence and can achieve their full potential.

An incredible 625 civil society organisations and 75 activists from across 79 countries raised their voices by signing the joint letter.

Please read and share the final letter using the links below, available in:




Let’s ensure Generation Equality is a generation free from harmful practices.

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