On September 21, 2016, representatives from Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI) traveled to Washington, DC, to attend the Office of Women’s Health Female Genital Cutting (FGC) Community-Centered Health Care and Prevention Project kickoff meeting. The United States Department of Health and Human Services has allocated more than $6 million dollars to address the effects of female genital cutting over the next three years.
Global migration has increased the risk of FGC inflicted upon among women and girls in developed countries. Since 2000, the number of females affected by FGC in the US has more than doubled. It is estimated that more than 513,000 women and girls have experienced or are at-risk of experiencing FGC in the United States today. In California, more than 57,000 women and girls are at-risk, the highest number in the nation.
In collaboration with Family Health Centers of San Diego, Nile Sisters Development Initiative aims to reach at least 100 FGC-affected women and girls between the years 2016 and 2019.