In late 2016 HDF, in collaboration with Wallace Global Fund, supported the first ever US-based Civil Society Summit to End FGM/C, with a grant for USD 213,849 to Equality Now, held at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC. The event was held alongside the annual meeting of the FGM/C Donor Working Group which was co-hosted by HDF.
The Summit was an opportunity to bridge the gap between donors, civil society, stakeholders and survivors; it was organised by Equality Now and Safe Hands for Girls and brought together over 200 people from 22 countries. The FGM/C community came together to listen and share on how to take holistic approaches to combatting FGM/C and other forms of violence against women and girls, both abroad and within the US, by 2030. The Summit also saw the launch of the US Network to End FGM/C. Full report can be found here.
While donors were meeting to assess trends in FGM/C work and means to strategically fund effective projects, global FGM/C activists gathered to share best practices, compare strategies, and build networks. A reception for Summit participants presented the US Collection of the Faces of Defiance, a series of empowering portraits and personal stories of women who have survived, or been impacted by, FGM/C.