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Equality Now: End Female Genital Mutiliation (FGM) Fund
New York, USA

Equality Now was founded in 1992 to protect and promote the human rights of women around the world. Equality Now’s Africa Regional Office, located in Nairobi, Kenya, documents violence and discrimination against African women; mobilizes resources and public opinion to advance their rights; and defends individual women suffering abuse. Through its Fund for Grassroots Activism to End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM Fund), it provides support to 24 partner organizations in 17 countries in Africa to take action at community and national level to end the harmful practice.

2010$120,0003 years
This grant enables Equality Now to provide community grants and technical assistance to two grassroots partners in Mali and Niger to improve their campaigns to eradicate FGM, promote gender equality, enhance monitoring and evaluation and document the results obtained. The grant also supports Equality Now’s Malian partner, PROFESAB, in its efforts aimed at the Malian government to secure anti-FGM legal safeguards for girls.
2009$3,3616 months
This grant enables a staff member of Equality Now to attend a convening in Mbour, Senegal, with the purpose of strengthening and improving the quality and effectiveness of community grantmaking programs.
2008$9,4526 months
This grant enables Equality Now to support partners in Mali and Niger to be part of a rural women’s delegation attending the 2008 AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development in Cape Town, South Africa, with the purpose of sharing knowledge, building connections, and informing strategies.
2008$137,5002 years
This grant enables Equality Now’s Fund to End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to support West African partners in their work. This includes ensuring the introduction of a law banning FGM in Mali and promoting community-led initiatives in Niger. Equality Now plans to document and encourage effective anti-FGM work through exchange learning among its network of partners.
2006$4,0206 months
This grant enables representatives from four community organizations that work with Equality Now to participate in the World Social Forum 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya. Based in Kenya and Tanzania, the four organizations are active in the African grassroots movement to end female genital mutilation. Their presence at the World Social Forum enables an exchange of learning and experience that informs and enhances their work in their own communities.

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