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#FrontLineEndingFGM 

#FrontlineEndingFGM works across ten countries in East and West Africa. The Gambia, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, and Somalia.

The organisation was founded in Lake Naivasha, Kenya, on November 17th, 2022, emerging from the network of activists and frontline women’s organisations supported by the Wallace Global Fund, The Global Media Campaign, and the UNFPA Joint Programme To End FGM.

It aims to make sure that donors, who currently give less than 2 percent of gender funding, redirect cash to frontline feminist organisations. To make that easier #FrontlineEndingFGM backed by the Global Media Campaign, the Wallace Global Fund, and UNFPA has built a live digital map – showing where the best frontline feminist organisations are located.

https://youtu.be/Sq81BBiN5vg

Other key backers of this feminist frontline movement #FrontlineEndingFGM are The Human Dignity Foundation, the Olwyn Foundation, Plan Denmark (Mali), Plan Germany (Guinea), The Soroptimists, Irish Aid, and USAID.

#FrontlineEndingFGM comprises over 1,000 grassroots activists and frontline feminist organisations working in their communities to end FGM- media-trained by the Global Media Campaign – they campaign locally, often use media, and have run over 2600 media campaigns. 

Results:

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Their best results are In Tana River, Kenya, where after three years of the relentless campaign, led by Sadia Hussein of Brighter Society Initiative, the acceptance rates towards Type 3 FGM fell from 89 to 5 percent.  

The Global Media Campaign supports FrontlineEndingFGM by being a funding pipeline to these feminist organisations but also critically, building their capacity to tackle, FGM, GBV, maternal health issues and girl’s education, and all forms of violence against women with their bespoke vernacular #FrontineToEndFGM Bootcamps where the frontline capacity is built. 

“What We Do in 60 Seconds” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcjP5nHufc0.

Ruth Harley

Ruth Harley is working with GMC as a Website News Editor, compiling stories written by End FGM campaigners working with the Global Media Campaign to End FGM across Africa. Alongside this work, she is running The Women’s Vinyl Project which empowers women and girls through singing and music and is helping to end FGM.