International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

CERĒ supports Orchid Project, who invites you to #TakeASeatForTheSummit

Each year, 4.3 million girls are at risk of undergoing FGM/C. Orchid Project is a charitable organization that develops grassroots and advocacy programs to end FGM/C. To end FGM/C in 31 priority countries by 2030, these countries and organizations like Orchid Project need $2.4 billion. But with only $275 million available for this outreach, this leaves a gap of over $2.1 billion.

Orchid Project is calling for a Global Commitment Summit so the right people can have a seat at the table. To close the funding gap, we're asking individuals and organizations to help make financial commitments to end FGM/C.

Here's how you can join us:

1. Create a sign with the hashtag #TakeASeatForTheSummit.

2. Take that sign and a chair (and a friend!) to where you want to take your photo. Feel free to be inventive! The more unusual or memorable the setting, the more your photo will stand out. We’d encourage you to choose somewhere outside. (For example, is there a landmark you could sit in front of? Is there an interesting building or backdrop you could sit in front of?)

3. Take a seat for the summit. Hold up your sign, look at the camera and get your friend to take the photo.

4. Post the photo on your social media using the hashtag #TakeASeatForTheSummit or send your photo to and we’ll post it for you! They have been collecting photos for a summary video to show all of the support that’s been received, so if you send us your photo, we’ll include you there!

Asenath Mwithigah, CEO of Orchid Project, taking a seat for the summit to end FGM/C


Dr. Amir Marashi, Founder of CERĒ, taking a seat for the summit to end FGM/C

Dr. Kimberly Lovie Murdaugh, Director of Research & Development at CERĒ, taking a seat for the summit to end FGM/C


CERĒ is proud to donate to this cause. A portion of proceeds from are donated to organizations committed to ending FGM/C.