What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful traditional practice that involves the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia. The WHO classifies FGM into 4 types:
- Type 1: Ranges from the partial or total removal of the clitoris (clitoridectomy)
- Type 2: The removal of the clitoris, the cutting of the labia minora and majora (excision)
- Type 3: The removal of all external genitalia and the stitching together of the two sides of the vulva (infibulation)
- Type 4: All other medically unnecessary procedures involving the female genitalia like pricking, piercing, incising, scraping, cauterization etc.
(FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION)
causes lifelong medical and psychological harm and in some cases immediate death from hemorrhage or infection.
are at risk of undergoing FGM in 2020.
women and girls
have undergone FGM around the world.
THE EFUA DORKENOO FUND TO END FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)
Launched in 2017, Frontline Women's Fund’s Efua Dorkenoo Fund to End Female Genital Mutilation supports front line women’s rights activists who have a long and proven track record of success in advocating for an end to FGM. From empowering girls, educating communities, advocating for policy reform, providing shelter, and working for legal reform and law enforcement, these activists have laid the groundwork to end FGM. They simply need the resources to scale up their work, based on decades of experience during which great progress has been made to end this harmful traditional practice. The Efua Dorkenoo Fund to End FGM currently has 5 grantees from Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Somalia.
Donate to End Female Genital Mutilation
“Rather than righteous indignation, what is urgently needed is understanding the problem and the practical support to change it.”
| Efua Dorkenoo, Women's rights activist who pioneered the global movement to end female genital mutilation
Get to know our hardworking grantees who are each doing their part to end female genital mutilation across the globe. We proudly support these organizations and their missions. Donations that go directly to these organizations can be made on their individual partner page.
AIM is an independent organization formed in 2000 to prevent and eliminate FGM in Sierra Leone. AIM also works to end forced marriage and sexual violence.
Voix de Femmes
Voix de Femmes is a non-governmental organization in Burkina Faso that fights for women's rights in the legal, economic, socio-cultural and political fields. Issues they work on include FGM, reproductive rights and HIV/AIDS prevention.