The Asia Network to End FGM/C is a collaboration between ARROW and UK-based NGO Orchid Project, with support from the Wallace Global Fund. After teaming up in June 2019, we announced our support for the development of an Asia Network to End FGM/C at Women Deliver 2019.
Global commitments to end FGM/C by 2030 will not be reached unless resource mobilisation, political will, and partnerships are enabled across Asia. Lack of progress on FGM/C across Asia is disproportionate to the numbers of women and girls affected, and the potential impact on their lives. FGM/C is documented in countries across South and South East Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines, Maldives, India, and Pakistan.
Through a five-month consultation with activists, CSOs, researchers and survivors from across the Asia region, we identified strong support for a regional network bringing together different actors working on FGM/C. There was also a rallying call to bring much needed attention, prioritisation, and adequate resourcing to the issue across Asia.
The Asia Network to End FGM/C will establish a platform of NGOs, activists, and researchers across the region to build stronger relationships and collaboration between organisations working across the region. The platform will
- Gather data and evidence on prevalence
- Take survivor needs and viewpoints into account
- Engage with religious scholars who can influence communities positively
- Urge governments to report on the Sustainable Development Goal indicator (5.3.2) related to FGM/C.
Read the consultation report for the Asia Network to End FGM/C HERE.
Contact [email protected] if you are interested in joining the Asia Network to End FGM/C.