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Our mission is to eliminate FGM/C by connecting, supporting, elevating and advocating on behalf of and with diverse U.S. stakeholders engaged in prevention, education, and care.

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What is FGM/C?

Understanding female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C)


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“Some people say that FGM/C is a rite of passage — something families do to help prepare girls for adulthood or marriage ... Just because this is a tradition in some places does not make it right. This practice is harmful, and therefore wrong wherever it occurs.”President Barack Obama, 2016
“FGM is child sexual assault. It has no place in any faith tradition or cultural rite of passage. Like other forms of gender-based violence, it is ultimately about power and controlling female sexuality.”Maryum Saifee US End FGM/C Network Member
“Unfortunately, my story isn’t included in the global statistics on FGM/C because I am a woman born in the U.S., who at the age of seven, underwent the procedure in India. In a 2015 study, Sahiyo found that 80% of the Dawoodi Bohra Indian community had been cut and that 81% did not want the practice to continue. Sahiyo aims to break the silence of FGC in South Asian communities.”Mariya Taher, Founder Sahiyo
“Far too many women and girls in the U.S remain at risk of FGM/C, and far too little funding is targeting this grave violation of human rights. At the global level, bilateral donors, multilateral organizations and private foundations are stepping up and supporting community- and survivor-led efforts toward ending this harmful practice. It's now time to redouble our commitment here at home.”Susan Gibbs, the Wallace Global Fund
“A national network is a great platform to bring together a host of organizations in order to better coordinate within regions and nationally, and help us become aware of which organizations, experts, and survivors may be the best to work with.”US End FGM/C Network Member