Since 2014, when The Girl Generation was launched, we’ve seen significant results across the movement to end FGM.
GROWING THE MOVEMENT
Our membership base is nearly 400 strong with many different types of organisations from across the world. 77% of our members are based in our ten focal countries.
We also set up the Global Youth Network to harness the global voice of the young people, which was launched in Washington DC at first US Summit to End FGM.
We contributed to successful advocacy efforts to include an indicator and global target on ending FGM in the Sustainable Development Goals.
This is significant as it ensures that all governments, not only in selected countries, will be held accountable to end FGM.
END FGM GRANTS
The Girl Generation successfully advocated with an international donor, the Human Dignity Foundation, to allocate US$4.4 million for a small grants programme for grassroots organisations working on ending FGM. In year one of our grant programme, US$600,000 of grant funding has been approved for organisations in Kenya, Nigeria and the Gambia.
SOCIAL CHANGE COMMUNICATIONS
Over 140 individuals from member organisations in Kenya and The Gambia have received training in social change communications, including activists, youth, ambassadors and grantees from the end FGM small grants.
The training has had a catalytic and inspiring effect: from an initial 63 participants, training has now been cascaded to an additional 85 individuals in Kenya, Sudan and The Gambia.
SUCCESS IN THE GAMBIA
We’ve seen strong growth in the social movement to end FGM in The Gambia. Building on decades of work by activists, in recent years, young campaigners have spearheaded a unified coalition for change – and in 2015 The President enacted a law banning FGM.
The Girl Generation has been supporting the social movement in The Gambia since 2014 by:
- providing catalytic funding to influential campaigner Jaha Dukareh and her partners in The Gambia
- supporting the first national youth conference on FGM and social change communications campaigns
- amplifying the movement through the work of our media activist and The Girl Generation Programme Officer, Haddy Jonga.
We strategically invested in and supported existing youth organisations that were able to mobilise their social capital and infrastructure.
The availability of small grants through the End FGM grants programme has also accelerated movement growth.