Note to the Editor
On Wednesday the 19th of April, in the Mercure Nairobi Hotel, Orchid Project will be launching its Kenyan Entity and 5-year strategic plan.
Orchid Project was established in the UK in 2011, by Julia Lalla-Maharajh, OBE, with a vision of a world free from female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Through partnerships with grassroot organisations, sharing of knowledge and best practice, and advocating to governments and global leaders to prioritise the issue, Orchid Project has catalysed the end of FGM/C over the past 12 years.
In 2022, Orchid Project merged with research organisation 28 Too Many, founded by Dr. Ann-Marie Wilson, to support its mission and fill the knowledge gaps that exist in the sector. Later that year, Kenyan CEO, Asenath Mwithigah came on board and led the organisation to new heights, establishing Orchid Project Kenya and its Nairobi team. The strategic move for Orchid Project, a British charity to open a regional office in Kenya, is a clear indication of the organisation’s commitment to the localisation agenda by ensuring Orchid Project is positioned geographically to better represent the issue it is working on, and are more equipped to end FGM/C globally .
With the knowledge and learnings of the last 12 years, and its position as a UK and Kenyan entity, Orchid Project is launching its 5-year strategy. It places Orchid Project firmly as a thought leader, and convener of the sector, to end female genital cutting/mutilation.
The event will be graced by Hon. Aisha Jumwa Katana, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Gender and Affirmative Action. Also in attendance are the founders of Orchid Project, Julia Lalla-Maharajh and 28 Too Many, Dr. Ann-Marie Wilson.
Press are invited to join us on the 19th, for Orchid Project’s official Kenyan Entity and Strategic Plan launch.
For more information, please email Fiona@orchidproject.org.