Across countries, across sectors, across generations: FGM will end because of the dedication and vision of grassroots organisations.
“I am now a changed person. When I came here yesterday, I never thought anyone will convince me FGM is bad, but now I’m convinced, and will stand up for my younger sisters and cousins not to be subjected to the cut.
I will champion the end FGM cause.”
Female participant, IFPC dialogue, End FGM Grassroots Fund Grantee, Kenya
Across the African continent, a growing number of activists and organisations are working together for a future where FGM has been abandoned, and girls can realise their rights and potential.
The Girl Generation’s End FGM Grassroots Fund helps pioneering groups to do just this.
We support local, grassroots organisations in some of the countries most affected by FGM. We believe that their local connections, insight and influence mean they are best placed to spark the social changes required for FGM to end. Yet it’s very difficult for such groups to access funds: they are often too small to be eligible for grants from the majority of donors.
To address this gap, The Girl Generation established a flexible and accessible grants programme for grassroots organisations working to end FGM, which responds rapidly to requests for support. Whether it’s educating people about the harmful effects of FGM, promoting community dialogue (on and offline), training teachers and healthcare workers, or building a new generation of youth activists to tackle FGM – our grantees are there, doing it.
The grants are generously funded by Human Dignity Foundation, building on The Girl Generation platform.
What has the Fund achieved so far?
Since the first grants were awarded in 2016...
- Grantees have worked with over 68,000 people in person to end FGM
- Over 1.7 million radio listeners have heard end FGM messages, dramas and discussions, primarily in local languages, as a result of our grants
- $1.6 million has been awarded, through 153 small grants (an average of c.$10,500 per grant)
- Grants have been awarded in eight countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Somaliland, Sudan, The Gambia, Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso
- Seventeen travel grants have been awarded to activists, to ensure that grassroots activists play a central role in the global end FGM movement
- 49 grantee organisations have been trained in child safeguarding, so they can work more effectively and responsibly in communities to end FGM
How have our grantees contributed to ending FGM?
Here's a quick snapshot of what's been achieved:
- In Nigeria, Women and Youth Development Initiative rallied public support for ending FGM by arranging a march through the streets in Kwara State
- In The Gambia, we supported United Guardian Youths for Development’s schools and media initiative, which trained 30 journalists, and broadcast 15 radio programmes in six different local languages, on the health effects and laws on FGM
- In Kenya, we’ve supported Brighter Communities Worldwide to prepare for Alternative Rights of Passage for up to 2,500 young girls and women, so that they can celebrate coming of age without undergoing FGM
- In Nigeria, Society for the Protection of Rural People (SIRP) has rolled out a community dialogue project, to enable members of the community to discuss long-taboo topics in a safe environment.
“I have volunteered my time and my God-given talent to talk about FGM and its challenges to the health, dignity and rights of the girl child with a view to seeing an FGM free Awgu Society in my time”
Former cutter, Awgu, SIRP Nigeria project.
- In Somaliland, Women Rehabilitation and Development Association has started training Community Agents of Change using social and behaviour change communication to end FGM.
- In north-eastern Kenya, Community Resilience and Development International held discussions with school teachers, school girls, women, cutters, and other community members, reaching over 1,000 people with education about children’s rights and the negative effects of FGM. The project sparked other initiatives: school sensitisation campaigns for girls are now being conducted, end-FGM talks are being incorporated into religious teachings in madrasas, and the issue of FGM has started being spoken about in mosques and at public gatherings.
- In Somaliland, Somaliland Y-Peer Network is establishing Anti-FGM University Clubs, and has so far trained 36 youth members (both men and women) from six universities in Somaliland
- The Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) conducted 24 community radio listening sessions with a total of 180 community members from the Kuria community, South Western Kenya. This sparked discussions and enhanced understanding about the immediate effects of FGM on survivors, and the overall effects of FGM on reproductive health.
“ The introduction of the radio listening programmes has made it so easy to talk about FGM openly. We discuss the information from the radio, so no one can claim that it is one person who said this or that. No one judges them.
My belief that FGM should not be practiced has been strengthened.
I feel more encouraged to continue advocating for its end.”
A 26 year old mother of two, after attending one of the community radio listening sessions conducted by AMWIK, Kenya
To find out more about the End FGM Grassroots Fund email firstname.lastname@example.org