Orchid Project

Supporting Maasai and Samburu-led initiatives to end FGM/C

International
2015-2016 - 2020-2023

Orchid Project uses advocacy, communications and partnerships to pursue an end to the practice of FGM. They focus on convening activists and decision makers at every level – from grassroots to international.

As part of HDF’s coordinated support for the inclusion and maintenance of a specific FGM-related indicator in the Sustainable Development Goals, in 2015/16 Orchid Project delivered an advocacy plan targeting various UN agencies, the European Commission, and a range of political stakeholders across Europe and North America.

Since 2020, Orchid Project has been leading an initiative to reduce the prevalence of FGM/C amongst the Maasai and Samburu ethnic groups in Kenya. Their approach focuses on raising awareness of the risks of FGM/C in Narok and Samburu counties, supporting community members to debate and question the practice, and helping girls to feel empowered and have agency in their own lives.


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