About Us

About Us



Women's Action Against FGM, Japan (WAAF) is a non-governmental and nonprofit organization launched in January 1996. WAAF works toward the abolition of female genital mutilation (FGM). We now have 100 members, and our activities include:

  • raising awareness among the Japanese public through the dissemination of information on FGM,

  • sending financial support through the WAAF Fund to projects dedicated to the elimination of FGM in Africa, and

  • providing moral support in the international arena for the movement to abolish FGM in Africa.



Although FGM is not practiced in Japan, we see FGM as a harmful practice that poses a serious risk to the sexual and reproductive health of women and as a violation of the bodily integrity and human rights of women. In Japan and every other country in the world, women are subjected to various forms of violence and discrimination. The struggle against violence and discrimination against women has no national nor geographical boundaries. WAAF supports the campaigns against FGM, and we are in spirit with the women and men who are fighting to eliminate this harmful traditional practice.

WAAF activities include:


  • workshops

  • film shows

  • publication of a quarterly newsletter

  • translations of international conventions dealing with FGM

  • fund-raising for the WAAF Fund.


International Symposia
We have held three international symposia in Tokyo to which we invited activists from Ethiopia, Sudan, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Kenya to speak to the Japanese public about their struggle both locally and nationally in their fight against FGM.


Contact Information
Women's Action Against FGM, Japan (WAAF)
2-4-12 Rokkodai, Matsudo-shi, Chiba 270-2203, Japan

Email:
waaf@jca.apc.org (general inquiries)
waafjapan@hotmail.com (WAAF Fund inquiries)



WAAF Fund


Raised from donations from our members and the general public, WAAF Fund is an annual grant, ranging from $500 to $5,000, awarded to projects devoted to the eradication of FGM in Africa. WAAF accepts applications directly from interested NGOs working in Africa, and each year one or two projects are selected after a careful screening process.
Past recipients include the following organizations and projects:

1997
Sudan IAC Sudan National Committee
Project: Educational Campaign in Replacement Camps


1998
IAC Inter-African Committee Liaison Office in Geneva
Project: Office Operating Costs


1999
Tanzania Kilimanjaro IAC
Project: Purchase of Bicycles for Local Facilitators in Anti-FGM Campaigns (together with matching funds from Niigata Fureai Grant)


2000
Burkina Faso National Committee, IAC
Project: Commemorative Activities on 18 May, National Day for the Fight against FGM


2001
1) Senegal GAMS-Belgique
Project: The Development of a Country Starts with Childeren

2) Nigeria Concerns Organisation
Project: Production of Instructional Materials for the Advocating/Campaign to Eliminate Female Genital and Sexual Mutilations in Abia State (South East Nigeria)


2002
National Committee of the Inter-African Committee Cameroon
Project: Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation Through Training and Information Campaigns and Alternative Income Generating Activities in Yaounde, Centre Province


2003
Kenya SETAT Women's Organisation
Project: Advocacy and Awareness Creation on FGM and Early Forced Marriages


2004
Mali Sahel Initiative 3rd Millenary (SI3)
Project: Three Rural Radio Stations in Dogon Cultural Area Mobilized in Fighting Against FGM


2005
Guinea Cellule de coordination sur les Pratiques Traditionnelles Affectant la Santé des Femmes et des Enfants (CPTAFE)
Project: Dissemination and Application of the Law Anti-FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) voted by the Guinean Parliament in July, 2000


2006
Ghanaian Association for Women’s Welfare (GAWW)
Project: The Youth Outreach Project in Mamprusi East and West Districts


2007
1) Uganda The REACH Programme
Project: Youth Radio Programme Awareness Creation on FGM and Early Marriage

2) IAC Inter-African Committee Liaison Office in Geneva
Project: IAC Photo Book (3rd edition)


2008
1) Egypt Care for Girls (CGC) and Coptic Organisation for Services and Training (COST)
Project: Combating Female Genital Mutilation and Early Marriages and All Forms of Violence

2) Inter-African Committee Sierra Leone (IACSL) / Center for Safe Motherhood, Youth and Child Organisation (CESMYCO)
Project: Operational costs


2009
1) Egypt Care for Girls (CGC) and Coptic Organisation for Services and Training (COST)
Project: Combating Female Genital Mutilation and Early Marriages and All Forms of Violence

2) Senegal GAMS-Belgique
Project: JAMMU II, Better Health for Little Girls in Kolda

3) Somaliland Family Health Association (SOFHA)
Project: Sensitization Project on the Harmful Effects of FGM for Marginalized Communities as well as the Production of Appropriate Instructional Materials for an Effective Campaign against this Harmful Traditional Practice

4) Inter-African Committee Sierra Leone (IACSL) / Center for Safe Motherhood, Youth and Child Organisation (CESMYCO)
Project: Operational costs


2011
1) Kenya Sinyati Women Group
Project: Ilchamus Anti-FGM Campaign

2) Inter-African Committee Sierra Leone (IACSL) / Center for Safe Motherhood, Youth and Child Organisation (CESMYCO)
Project: Operational costs


2012
1) Ghana Upper West Rural Women's Association
Project: Advocacy on the Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation in Upper West Region of Ghana

2) Inter-Africa Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC) Nigeria, Edo State Chapter
Project: Eliminating FGM through Grassroots Activism in Egba Community in Edo State, Nigeria

3) Inter-African Committee Sierra Leone (IACSL) / Center for Safe Motherhood, Youth and Child Organisation (CESMYCO)
Project: Operational costs


2013
1) Liberia Women Solidarity, Inc. (WOSI)
Project: Anti-Female Genital Mutilation, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Education for Rural Communities in Todee District in Montserrado County

2) Inter-African Committee Sierra Leone (IACSL) / Center for Safe Motherhood, Youth and Child Organisation (CESMYCO)
Project: Operational costs


2014
1) Uganda The REACH Programme
Project: Economic Empowerment of Reformed FGM practitioners in Kapchorwa District

2) Tanzania Women Wake Up (WOWAP)
Project: Campaign to End FGM through Focus Group Discussion in Singida Region

3) Liberia Women Solidarity, Inc. (WOSI)
Project: Discouraging the Traditional Practice of FGM in Local Communities in Todee District in Montserrado County

4) Inter-African Committee Sierra Leone (IACSL) / Center for Safe Motherhood, Youth and Child Organisation (CESMYCO)
Project: Operational costs


2015
1) Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC) Nigeria, Edo State Chapter
Project: Eliminating FGM through grassroots Activism in Igieduma community

2) Liberia Women Solidarity, Inc. (WOSI)
Project: Monitoring the Status and responding to the incidences of FGM in Todee District

3) Tanzania Women Wake Up (WOWAP)
Project: Campaign to End FGM through Focus Group Discussion

4) Inter-African Committee Sierra Leone (IACSL) / Center for Safe Motherhood, Youth and Child Organisation (CESMYCO)
Project: Operational costs





Where to Send Your Donations



Donations are accepted via postal deposit (yubin furikae kouza) in Japan:

Account name: FGM Haizetsu o Shiensuru Onnatachi no Kai / Han FGM Kikin
Account number: 00190-2-355679

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