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Dignity and change for African women and girls

FORWARD (Foundation of Women's Health Research and Development) is the African women-led women's rights organisation working to end violence against women and girls.

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Our Stories


People who see me now as a smiling, confident young lady might be surprised to learn of my journey. My parents arranged for me to be wed when I was just 12-years-old. While I was blessed with two sons, I couldn’t endure the hardship of my marriage, and I felt a lot of bitterness. I lost all of my hopes and dreams, and I had very low esteem.

Read Margaret's story


It is a real privilege to work with women from FGM-practising communities. It is very humbling. Many of the women that I see have gone through so much. Fleeing their homeland, seeing family members killed in front of them, being refugees in a foreign country without status, money, family or friends.

Read Juliet Albert's story


Saviour tells her story of healing from a broken marriage and becoming a feminist leader through taking part in our TuWezeshe Young Women's Leadership Programme. "Delivering my ‘Boys4Boys’ project has been the most amazing journey of my life. It was seeing a dream come true – the dream of engaging men in the fight against gender-based violence. I am forever glad that I was to be part of this journey. It has been the greatest encounter in my life, ever."

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Our Impact


Students taught about their body and rights in UK schools since 2015.


Professionals trained on how to safeguard women and girls affected or at risk of FGM, since 2015


School girls and boys mobilised in Africa to know their rights and fight violence against women and girls in their schools and their communities.

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Musicians Unite to End FGM

Musicians Unite to End FGM (MUTE FGM) is our international network of musicians helping us achieve our goal to end female genital mutilation and all violence against African women and girls.

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