It is with great sadness that the funders of the Tackling FGM Initiative have learnt of the passing of Efua Dorkenoo, OBE, on Saturday the 18th of October. Efua Dorkenoo was often regarded as the mother of the campaign to end FGM, a campaign she dedicated her life to after witnessing the devastating consequences of the practice during her clinical training in Ghana. In 1983, Efua Dorkenoo founded FORWARD, the UK’s first grass-roots organization against FGM and one of the Tackling FGM Initiative’s grants recipients. For over thirty years, Efua Dorkenoo worked tirelessly to end FGM with Forward, WHO and Equality Now, and she was instrumental in building the political will and the community drive to end the practice in Africa and in the UK. Efua Dorkenoo’s work and advice strongly influenced our decision to invest £2.6 million to end FGM in the UK and she continued to advise the development and direction of the Tackling FGM Initiative for the past four years. In 2013, Efua Dorkenoo became the Programme Director of the Girl Generation , thus leading the first global effort to end FGM within a generation. The Tackling FGM Initiative will be supporting the Diaspora work of the Girl Generation with the aim of bringing Efua Dorkenoo’s vision to life. Our thoughts are now with her family and friends.
Rosa Fund, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Trust for London and Comic Relief