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"I'm changing the way your story starts" – A Gambian gift on Mother’s Day

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I had a moment of dizzying clarity during a visit to The Gambia last month, when policy lines revisited in briefings, meetings and documents burst back into life, regained their power and gave a renewed sense of purpose to my …

We cannot end FGM without supporting survivors

Pictures of girls at Samburu Girls Foundation in Kenya

We often associate FGM with the harmful physical effects suffered by more than 125 million women worldwide. There is much less awareness about the psychological effects that can haunt a woman throughout her lifetime. I know from experience that sometimes …

‘Saving Lives, Saving Futures’ or something in between ?

Posted by: , Posted on: - Categories: Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Girls & Women, Humanitarian
Women trained by IRC in Luntukulu have been able to help women and girls who have experienced violence to get help. Picture: Charlotte Duncan/DFID

Having arrived in DRC just over a month ago, I was incredibly lucky to be taken with Alastair and Mischa - colleagues from the DFID DRC humanitarian team - to see our programmes in the east. Having seen that special security …