FORWARD is one of the leading organisations working to end FGM and Child Marriage today. We have been working to end these practices for 30 years and were one the first organisations set up to advocate against FGM in the UK. Since our creation we have been a pioneering example of how to engage with affected communities, amplify the voices of girls and women affected and enable them to advocate against these harmful practices themselves. In 2014 alone we reached 3,500 young people and school staff in the UK through our ground breaking Schools FGM awareness Programme.
We have worked in over 9 African countries supporting over 18 partner organisations, including being the driving force behind the foundation of 3 local, women-led organisations. Currently we support 50 girls clubs across Africa, involving over 1,500 girls to provide peer support, information and signposting on sexual and reproductive health and girls’ rights.
Some of FORWARD’s main achievements in the mission to end FGM, child marriage and related health rights issues are listed in our timeline.