Ending FGM/C

More than 200 million girls and women alive today

have undergone some form of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

To help girls avoid FGM/C, we support them on multiple levels.

Girls will avoid FGM/C this year
Total girls reached
Boys have undergone Safe Male Circumcision

Alongside our partner organization Tharaka Women’s Welfare Project (TWWP), we have developed a community education program to work through the real cultural and social issues that keep FGM/C in practice.

The Alternative Rite of Passage program weaves together the themes of girls’ education, empowerment and the eradication of FGM/C in our awareness efforts to give families and communities a safe way to celebrate a girl’s rite of passage into womanhood.

Rebecca’s Story profiles a young mother who was a victim of FGM at the age of 12. WGEP's Alternative Rite of Passage program keeps young female adolescents on a path towards continuing education while demonstrating that it is possible to eliminate FGM. Thank you Namuh Media for your beautiful work and the Girls Opportunity Alliance for helping to raise awareness around FGM.

Giving boys a safe right of passage, too

Since 2013, WGEP and TWWP have also joined forces to create a safe place for boys to enter adulthood, too. To date, 307 boys in rural areas have undergone medically safe male circumcision.

Through this program, boys are able to avoid complications that can accompany traditional circumcision, as well as harmful cultural practices such as violence that are used to usher boys into manhood. These incredible young men publicly support their sisters, cousins, classmates and friends in standing up to FGM/C!