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The Girl Generation: Support to the Africa-led Movement to End FGM/C programme

Working with communities to reduce the practice of female genital mutilation and cutting in four focus countries in Africa by 2027


Approximately 200 million girls and women alive today have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

FGM/C is a human rights violation. It is a form of gender-based violence and is extremely damaging to physical and mental health and wellbeing. Women, girls and their allies are leading a growing movement for change across countries in Africa, Asia and beyond (including diaspora communities).

The Girl Generation: Support to the Africa-led Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) programme, aims to support a significant reduction in the practice of FGM/C in Kenya, Somaliland, Senegal and Ethiopia by 2027. It will do this by accelerating positive changes in social attitudes towards ending FGM/C. This will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal of eliminating FGM/C by 2030.

The programme is supporting and strengthening grassroots and country-led efforts to end FGM/C. This requires working at multiple levels, from individuals through to national systems and global platforms. Our work includes grassroots grants, generating evidence and learning on what works, and supporting the broader global movement through advocacy and strategic communications.

We are doing this by:

  1. Targeted interventions within communities to:
    1. Support individual and social change
    2. Promote the programme’s girl-centred and community-led principles
    3. Activate and support networks of change agents, including girls, women, teachers and health professionals.
  2. Delivering grassroots grants to resource and build the capacity of women’s and girls’ rights and youth-led organisations and activists to implement, sustain and scale end FGM/C initiatives.
  3. Integrating FGM/C interventions into existing systems and programmes, with an initial focus on prevention and care training into health professionals’ pre-service training.
  4. Strategic media and campaigns to strengthen and amplify the end FGM/C movement, and to respond to emerging global, regional and national challenges and opportunities.
  5. Global advocacy to strengthen and secure additional commitments and resources. This includes supporting survivors and activists to strengthen their leadership and emotional wellbeing, and to embrace their collective power.
  6. Generating evidence and learning, with an initial focus on generating ‘Proof of Concept’ for the programme approach. Strong learning and results will allow the programme to contribute towards positive change beyond its immediate geographic footprint, and will contribute to the global evidence base on ending FGM/C.
"Survivor Leadership Training opened my eyes. The sessions held allowed me to know the type of FGM/C that I and my sister underwent. I also gained self-confidence and began to appreciate myself. I received a great healing opportunity and I no longer take my well-being for granted. I now champion the end of FGM/C from a more informed position. It is not just a cultural practice but a violation of our rights as girls and women."
Mumina Jirmo, Women Rising Initiative, Kenya

The Girl Generation: Support to the Africa-led Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) programme is funded by UK aid. The programme is implemented by a consortium led by Options and including Amref Health AfricaActionAidOrchid ProjectAfrica Coordination Centre for Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting and University of Portsmouth.

The programme team is headquartered in Kenya, with staff and partners across the other focal countries. The programme started in September 2020 and will run until 2027.

programme impact


Training programmes for health professionals adopted our FGM/C prevention and care curriculum in Kenya.


Additional match-funding leveraged for grassroots grants in Senegal from the Foundation for Just Society International.


Survivors from 18 hotspot counties in Kenya have been trained in leadership, emotional wellbeing and organisational development through an innovative Survivors Leadership Initiative.


Increase in level of agency, decision-making power, and leadership among girls participating in school forums in Isiolo, Kenya.

2020 - 2025
Focus areas
Gender Equality Disability and Social Inclusion
Governance and Accountability Local Partnerships Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Scaling Solutions
East Africa West and Central Africa

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