It provides findings on COVID-19’s impact on female genital cutting trends, recommendations and mitigating strategies that grassroots organisations and activists are using in response to the pandemic.
Key Findings from the briefing
- Increased rates of female genital cutting reported across East and West Africa as a result of lockdowns
- An urgent lack of female genital cutting integration within COVID-19 response efforts, leaving girls with no recourse to essential prevention, protection and support services
- Shrinking civil society space for female genital cutting organisations and reduced access to funding
This briefing has been developed by Orchid Project’s Advocacy & Policy team with contributions and case studies from grassroots partners, survivors, activists, academics and researchers across West Africa, East Africa & the horn, and Asia.
Orchid Project. (2020). Impacts of COVID-19 on female genital cutting (FGC).