Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting

Today, an estimated 200 million women and girls live with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), in over 30 countries worldwide.

United Nations Children’s Fund report, 2016.

Tearfund’s response to FGM/C builds on the lessons learnt from the Transforming Masculinities and Survivor Movement approaches, that seek to prevent SGBV and respond to the needs of survivors.

Our programmes focus on a partnership between faith leaders and women and girls to bring an end to FGM/C. This includes strengthening the capacity of FGM/C survivors to speak out against FGM/C through awareness raising and reinforcement of knowledge of FGM/C; leadership development for survivors who lead support groups; referral to services in the community that address the survivors health needs and mentoring and coaching of key influencers (survivors). 

Faith leaders are engaged through the Transforming Masculinities approach to advocate for an end of harmful social norms that lead to and perpetuate the practice of FGM/C. This is done through a series of community dialogues on faith, tradition and root causes of FGM/C. Additionally, advocacy initiatives are undertaken both by key survivors and faith leaders with policy makers at local and national levels around FGM/C legislation.

RESOURCES on fgm/c

Faith or tradition English front cover Mali, Kayes region: the potential of faith in ending FGM/C (PDF 1.8 MB)
This report is part of series presenting the results of qualitative research into the awareness and practices of FMG/C within faith communities and the potential of faith in ending FGM/C.
This report is also available in French (PDF 1.4 MB)

Religion and faith Chad Fr front cover New Chad, Batha and Moyen-Chari regions: the potential of faith in ending FGM/C (in French only) (PDF 740 KB)
This report is part of series presenting the results of qualitative research into the awareness and practices of FMG/C within faith communities and the potential of faith in ending FGM/C.

Tanzania report 1 cover

Tanzania: potential role of the church to end FGM/C (PDF 256 KB)
This report is part of a series of community-based research looking at the potential role of the church to end FGM/C.
This report is also available in Kiswahili (PDF 329 KB)  

Kenya report

Kenya: potential role of the church to end FGM/C (PDF 980 KB)
This report is part of a series of community-based research looking at the potential role of the church to end FGM/C