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.


Tribute to Efua Dorkenoo OBE- Founder of FORWARD

2015 will mark the 30th anniversary of when FORWARD was registered as a charity, but Efua Dorkenoo OBE, the founder of FORWARD will not be with us to celebrate her success story. Sadly she passed away on the 18th October 2014. Read more here.


Female Genital Mutilation: A Change Has Begun

A a short and intimate, survivor-led account of life with FGM which speaks of the positive shift in perspective within practicing communities in the UK. Featuring FORWARD's Executive Director, Naana Otoo-Oyortey, and FORWARD Change Agents and Community Activists Sarian Kamara and Solomon Amare Zewolde.

This film was film made by Spirited Pictures and commissioned by Nike's Girl Effect for the 2014 Girl Summit.


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.

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