The programme is funded by the Human Dignity Foundation through Options for International Health. It will provide much needed funding to poorly resourced grassroots organisations working to end FGM in The Girl Generation’s ten focal countries. Such organisations are powerful catalysts for change whose work is essential to achieving transformative shifts in gender inequalities and redefining social norms. But to accelerate that change, funding needs to reach those organisations working at the community level.
Given the challenges such organisations face in accessing funds, this programme will use a flexible, non-bureaucratic, rapid and responsive model that will enable them to access funds quickly, making a significant contribution towards building the movement and ending FGM in one generation.
In anticipation of the launch in late March 2016, Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell, Global Director of The Girl Generation, commented;
“I have met some really exceptional youth, men and women at the forefront of the campaign to end FGM. What they have in common is they are real people who care. They want to act, do something, and change the lives of women and girls affected or at risk of FGM – they have and they continue to do so. This grants programme will enable us to show them that we care, too. I believe if we all care enough we can end FGM in one generation and contribute to the achievement of gender parity.”