FORWARD (Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development) is an African Diaspora women led UK-registered campaign and support charity dedicated to advancing and safeguarding the sexual and reproductive health and rights of African girls and women. We work in UK, Europe and Africa to help change practices and policies that affect access, dignity and wellbeing. We tackle female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and related rights of girls and young women.
FORWARD would like to wish each and every woman a happy International Women's Day, we continue to fight for a world where African women and girls live without fear of Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage. Today we ask that all women and girls affected by these issues are remembered, are supported and that we all continue to campaign to see a world free of all forms of violence against women. Please continue to support FORWARD to make these dreams a reality.
To mark this day we have an event (spoken word, exhibition on FGM, music and more) organised by our Youth Programme tonight at 6pm at the W3 Gallery in Acton, more details here.
Also today we would like to say a big THANK YOU to Freeplay Energy who have kindly donated solar radios to our programmes working with girls and women in rural areas of Tanzania, Ghana and Sierra Leone. See here for more information.
FORWARD's Youth Programme is conducting a youth online survey to gauge the attitudes, perceptions and knowledge of young people on the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It is also known as Female Circumcision or Female Cutting. If you are living in the UK and are a young man or woman (16 -25) then please take our survey. The survey is completely anonymous. You can also win a £100 Amazon Voucher.