These remarkable stories demonstrate what's possible when we pull together

The Girl Generation works as a platform that connects diverse stories and threads them together under a single identity; providing a space to consistently communicate a positive vision of change.

We believe that amplification of social change – including how, where, and why FGM is ending – is critical in both mobilising a global movement to end FGM and bringing new actors and voices into the end FGM conversation.

By increasing the coverage and reach of positive stories of change we aim to create an enabling environment for social change, kick-starting personal and community discussions on the issue, and bolstering individual and organisations’ committed to ending FGM. 

We're hiring a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager!

19 May 2017

The Girl Generation is currently looking for a short-term (two months, with a possibility for extension) Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager who will play a key role in driving forward results-oriented and strategic approach to programming. She or he will build a culture of using data, results and feed-back from our activities to continulously test our approaches for effectiveness and value for money, and adjust course accordingly.

Please see the attached document for a...

Social change depends on collective action and funding at the grassroots

12 May 2017

People known to me question whether Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a form of violation on women and girls rights, can end in our generation. They term this practice as deep rooted in their culture and therefore find it near to impossible for it to end. Do you experience such critics from people yet you are working towards ending FGM?

First things first, don’t give up your work, and don’t give up on them, either!

FGM is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as any...

Religious leaders as allies to end FGM

11 April 2017

Somaliland scholars dispel the myth that FGM is a religious requirement

FGM is one of the most severe human rights violations and forms of violence against women. Somaliland has one of the highest rates of FGM at about 99.8% (NAFIS assessment Report, 2014). FGM has long and short term physical and psychological implications for girls and women, and it may lead to infertility and even death. For the last 25 years, the Somaliland government and its partners, including civil society...

Morans vow to protect their sisters from FGM in Kenya

5 April 2017

Kajiado County and the Network of Youth in Action (NOYA)

This case study takes us to Kajiado County, south-east of Nairobi, Kenya, on the border with Tanzania. Herds of cattle roam the beautiful, rolling grasslands, dotted with volcanic hills. One of the main ethnic groups in the area is the Maasai. Although almost 80% of women and girls in the Maasai community have undergone FGM...

Sustaining legislative gains in The Gambia to end FGM: the role of young people

5 April 2017

Musu Bakoto Sawo, Programme Officer for The Girl Generation in The Gambia, shares her reflections on recent legislative gains, and possible risks to these gains, as well as the role of young people in advocating for progressive policies.

The Gambia is one of the smallest countries in mainland Africa, with a population of 1.8 million. More than 75% of women and girls in the country have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), with no evidence that rates of the practice are...

Youth in Nigeria: networked for change

4 April 2017

Campaigners’ forums have been buzzing this week with discussion about a new report, Networked Change: How progressive campaigns are won in the 21st Century’ , which looks at the ingredients of successful social change campaigns. Although it focuses on examples from North America, we’ve been reflecting on findings in relation to our work with members and partners, most of who are across the African continent, to galvanise the global...

What does The Girl Generation hope to achieve in Sudan?

4 April 2017

The Girl Generation: Together to End FGM is a social change communications initiative, providing a platform for galvanising, catalysing and amplifying the Africa-led movement to end FGM, building on what has already been achieved. We are also our members and partners: a global collective brought together by the shared vision of ending FGM in this generation. In this blog we share what we want to achieve in Sudan, one of our ten focal countries, and how we hope to get there. As our...

Influencing social change in Mali: how 41 villages decided to end FGM

4 April 2017

Mali, West Africa. Over 17 million people reside in the eighth largest country on the African continent. A large majority (65 percent) of the population is under 16 years of age, making Mali the third youngest country in the world. Around nine out of ten Malian women and girls have undergone FGM, and there is no evidence that prevalence rates are declining. Currently, Mali has no law prohibiting FGM and resistance to ending the practice is prolonged by rites and traditions. A strong rise in...

Jeunes in Burkina Faso

4 April 2017

Burkina Faso has a dynamic network of active members working to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country, with a number having observed a need for more anti-FGM initiatives to end the practice. Existing research shows that three in four girls and women of reproductive age have undergone FGM in Burkina Faso; with a prevalence rate of 75% among girls and women aged 15 to 49 years. To date, research has shown Burkina Faso to have one of the highest rates of FGM on the African...

The Girl Generation remembers Efua Dorkenoo, our former Global Director, through the eyes of Leyla Hussein, our Global Ambassador

4 April 2017

This week, The Girl Generation brought together our dynamic young activists from Kenya, Nigeria, The Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Egypt, UK and Sudan, and our Global Ambassador, Leyla Hussein. We discussed the successes already achieved by our Anti-FGM Youth Networks and what more needs to be done to ensure young people are involved and that their voices are heard within the movement to end FGM.