Welcome to FORWARD

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.


These are Our Friends: FORWARD Young People Speak Out (YPSO). A new video featuring FORWARD Youth Programme

FORWARD’s Youth Programme- YPSO have developed this film with Media Trust : ‘These are Our Friends’ on the issue of Female genital Mutilation (FGM). This will be launched at the Barbican and then will be screened on the Community Channel in July as part of the Telling Your Stories series. These are Our Friends film is part of a wider project that saw FORWARD's young women creatively raising awareness of FGM through spoken word, written poetry and through commissioned artwork featuring some of the poems. The poetry book 'These are our Friends' will be available to buy soon, keep an eye out for that! For more information of this project and YPSO: youth@forwarduk.org.uk

Many thanks to Media Trust, City Bridge Trust, Director Jodi De Souza, Producer Jodie Chillery, Richard Mkoloma and the FORWARD young women who feature in the film.


Pregnant at 13: Tanzania's Child Mothers. A video featuring young women from FORWARD's project.

FORWARD has been working on the issue of child marriage for the past 15 years and to highlight this human rights abuse we share with you a video featuring the young women we support along with our partners in Tanzania Children's Dignity Forum.

These young women have all endured child marriage or forced teenage pregnancy. Here they tell their own stories in their own words. If you are interested in supporting these young women and their children or for more information please contact us: forward@forwarduk.org.uk

Pregnant at 13, Tanzania’s child mothers from Thomson Reuters Foundation on Vimeo.

This video was made by the Thomson Reuters Foundation Photography & filming by: Chiara Ceolin

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