From Evidence to Action: Partnering to End FGM/C

A Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) side event co-hosted by Orchid Project and Population Council.

Wednesday, March 14th — 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Hosted at Population Council

1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York NY 10017 Floor 3

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Leading experts, advocates and policymakers will convene this CSW to chart a path to a world where no girl is subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

FGM/C is the partial or complete removal of a girl’s external genitals, causing an array of long lasting and wide ranging physical and psychological damage. More than 200 million girls and women have experienced FGM/C and 3.6 million girls are at risk of being cut each year.

Leveraging the latest data insights, speakers will explore how evidence can guide progress to heightened understanding of the nuances of FGM/C, increased capacity for practitioners to utilize research, and improved empowerment of girls and women. This interactive session will feature a cross-sectoral panel of leaders working on FGM/C around the world and discussion with audience members.

Speakers: Welcomed by Julia Bunting, President, Population Council

  • Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Department for International Development, United Kingdom
  • State Secretary Jens Frolich Holte, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA (invited)
  • Member state representatives (invited)


Panel: Moderated by Julia Lalla-Maharajh, CEO & Founder, Orchid Project

  • Ambassador Mara Marinaki, Principal Adviser on Gender and on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security at the European External Action Service
  • Jacinta Muteshi, Project Director, FGM/C Research Programme, Population Council 
  • Molly Melching, Founder and Creative Director, Tostan
  • Dr. Carolyne Odula, Chair of the Board of Directors, Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) 


Please RSVP.

This event will also be live-streamed on Population Council's Facebook page.

14 March 2018

Population Council
New York, NY

08:30 AM - 10:00 AM