Local grassroots and community based organisations lead the movement to end female genital cutting or mutilation engaging with people in communities where female genital cutting is practiced. Using vital local, cultural and religious knowledge, grassroots organisations, often led by survivors and their relatives, inform, educate,raise awareness and empower their communities to bring about change and understanding about the long term individual and societal harms of FGM/C. National government, international, funding institutions should prioritise, invest and allocate resources for grassroots organisations at the frontline of the work in ending FGM/C in a sustainable, accessible and flexible way.

Here 21 grassroots and community based organisations from Malaysia, Senegal, Kenya, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the UK speak about what funding would mean to their work to end female genital cutting or mutilation. Although all of these grassroots organisations are working towards the goal of complete eradication of FGMC, different countries, regions and communities have various areas of work that they felt urgently need more funding if we are to eradicate FGM/C. These differing priorities show the complexities and nuances of work to end FGM/C within practicing communities. Although the sector has such dedicated and committed people working in their countries and communities, we all know that only through sustained, secure and increased investment will female genital cutting have a chance of ending by 2030.

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