Project information

Ending FGM, forced marriage and widow inheritance

Every day women and girls face discrimination, poverty and violence just because they are female. We are supporting local, grassroots women’s organisations to combat Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), widow inheritance, and forced marriage through solutions firmly rooted in local contexts.

April 2013 - March 2014

Charity information: Womankind Worldwide

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  • Need


    An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women are living with the effects of Female Genital Mutilation. Traditional laws in many countries force widows to marry a relative of their husband and prevent them from inheriting property. In many countries early and forced marriages limit girls' access to education and increase the likelihood that they will suffer domestic violence. These are just a few of the many types of Harmful Traditional Practices imposed on women and girls around the world.


    All over the world women are coming together to combat these practices. From Afghanistan to Zambia, women’s organisations are working to change attitudes within communities. They are providing information to women and girls about their rights; raising-awareness with local leaders, health workers and law enforcers; and enabling women and girls to live independently. They are holding local, regional and national leaders to account. We fund and advise them; together we are creating global change.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    End violence against women and girls perpetrated through Harmful Traditional Practices


    » Partnering with local women's organisations to ensure that solutions are firmly rooted in local communities, conditions, contexts and needs.
    » Raising awareness of girls and women's rights through girls' clubs, savings clubs, drama-based intervention, community conversation, and/or radio
    » Building the capacity of public servants to better meet the needs of women and girls who have suffered violence through Harmful Traditional Practices
    » Holding local, national and international leaders to account

    127,927 community members will receive training and education about women’s legal rights and the benefits they offer for their families and communities.

  • Impact


    Workshops, training and support for 335 government employees and justice officials will ensure that they are equipped to support women and girls and pass learning on to others. 810 local, national and international leaders will receive training, monitoring and encouragement to fulfill duties to protect women and girls from FGM, forced marriage, widow inheritance and violence.


    Adoption of government policies that undermine access to information and civic education would make it difficult for our partners to disseminate information in communities. Our partners will continue building relationships at the local level to ensure government departments understand their work and their impact in the communities. Rising inflation and food costs will be factored into budgets.


    Funders of this project will receive an end of year report on the project detailing activities that have been undertaken and any changes that have been made to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £195,327

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      Amount Heading Description
      £135,300 Raising communities' awareness Tailored community-based initiatives in 8 countries in Africa and Asia
      £22,325 Training for public servants Training workshops for government employees, justice officials, police and healthworkers
      £12,095 Holding leaders to account Training, resources and monitoring for local and national leaders and decision-makers
      £25,607 Partnership Expert assistance in planning initiatives and monitoring visits by Womankind staff
  • Background


    We will work with women's organisations in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Uganda.


    Women and girls will be empowered to reclaim their rights, and live a life free from violence and harmful traditional practices.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have almost 25 years of experience, supporting effective projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America that use the local understanding of women’s organisations. You can be confident that your support will be contributing to work that is enabling women to achieve real change in their lives. For example, in the district of Kembatta in Ethiopia, where we have worked for ten years with our local partner KMG, Female Genital Cutting has been reduced dramatically from 97% to just 4%.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Susana Klien

    Susana Klien is the Head of Programmes at Womankind and will be overseeing our work with the partner organisations.