Al-Sarira Project (Inner-Self Project) is at the heart of addressing, educating and encouraging women to realise their potential and to strive for personal growth. Al-Sarira Project provides a resource and training centre to support and empower women, with a range of Therapeutic and Supportive Specialised Services.
Al-Sarira is dedicated to supporting women affected by FGM, Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence. Al-Sarira works closely with organisations around the UK, providing services and training to professionals and the community.
Africa Advocacy Foundation is a community-based charity established in 1996 that promotes better health, education and other life opportunities for disadvantaged people through practical support, advocacy, information, advice, guidance and training. Our activities include FGM campaigns, training and support. AAF delivers training for community FGM champions as well as tailored training packages for health, education and social care professionals.
AAF has a successful track record of service delivery with strong community links in London. AAF have been particularly effective in engaging individuals and families from FGM practising communities along with faith and cultural leaders in campaigns, but most importantly in supporting survivors to cope with the consequences of FGM. AAF work to address cultural, faith and language barriers; ignorance of the law as well as secrecy, shame, social and family pressures that perpetuate the FGM practice.
DEPECC Global Resources is a strategy consulting organisation that is interested in developing the livelihood of people and bringing strategic options in enforcing social change with major focus on youth, women and girl children. DEPECC is the official host of The Encouragement of Girl Child Initiative.
FGM/C can be an extremely traumatic event for girls and women, often resulting in harmful physical, psychological and sexual consequences. Many may suffer from multi-phase trauma and experience low self-esteem and confidence. The charity organization, forma, was created for the purpose of supporting those who have been cut, and the Chicago-based office provides psycho-educational outreach and direct services to FGM/C-affected women, couples and families seeking counseling. As mental health professionals they hope to facilitate and foster conversational interventions that will validate a sense of wholeness and social acceptance for this population. They also offer training programs for nurses, midwives, mental health and medical practitioners, as well as school guidance counselors, and school administrators to better understand the physical, psycho-social, cultural, historical and legal dimensions of this practice. The forma website is designed as an interactive space for FGM/C-affected women to share their stories through art, writing, film, photography, music or any other form of artistic expression.
FEMNET is a pan-African, feminist organization working to advance the rights of women and girls and amplify their voices since inception in 1988. Over the past 27 years, FEMNET has carved a niche on the African continent around ensuring members and partners are informed and mobilized so that they can influence the practices, policies and processes that affect their lives.
AMAZONIAN INITIATIVE MOVEMENT (AIM) is a local organization working to end FGM in Sierra Leone. It was formed in 2000 by a group of refugee women. AIM works to promote gender equality and girls education. They believe they can end FGM by empowering women and girls to be able to make their own decisions about their bodies and well-being.
AIM has been the only organisation to have celebrated three public declarations of FGM practitioners to say no to FGM. Presently, they run a safe house for girls fleeing from FGM and an adult literacy courses for FGM practitioners. They have constructed schools where the curriculum includes FGM to be taught like any other subject.
The Collective Living My Life is a movement of young girls from all backgrounds, all aged under 30. It is a local movement in Northern Burkina Faso but also has representatives in neighboring countries (Mali, Niger & Ivory Coast). The movement was born in 2012 and has its roots in different social upheavals taking place in the sub region. In the sub region FGM is common and the population is very vulnerable due to intense internal movements and religious conservatives. The current political upheavals in Burkina Faso are an opportunity for the movement to lay solid foundations and advocate to end the practice of FGM throughout the Sahel. The Collective Living My Life amplifies the voices of victims and strengthens the capacities of girl’s activism groups to break taboos and barriers and permanently break the cycle of FGM.
NIGEE is a young Kenyan-based organization with a goal of returning girls to school who dropped out due to early pregnancy. NIGEE works in Nyanza, western Kenya – a region with high levels of teen pregnancy, HIV prevalence and infant and child mortality; the lowest national age at sexual debut, second lowest age at marriage, highest physical and sexual violence against women and girls. NIGEE envisions a society and a future of self-determining and self-reliant girls and women.
NIGEE’s mission is to leverage community and other resources to equip girls with the knowledge and skills for a productive and fulfilled adult life. The Initiative identifies and taps into community resources to support girls’ education and training as a foundation for self-reliance and self-determination in and beyond basic needs.