Kakpotia Marie-Claire Moraldo

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Marie-Claire Kakpotia Moraldo (she/her/hers) is a franco-ivoirian feminist and activist, social entrepreneur and speaker. She campaigns for the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation and all kinds of gender-based and sexual violence in the world.

At the age of 9 she underwent female circumcision. After rebuilding herself from this violence, she committed her heart and soul to fight against all forms of violence against women and girls.

Winner of the 2018 Global Woman Award in the activist survivor category, she also received the medal of the city of Bordeaux in 2020 and the Woman in Choir first prize from Dr Pierre Ricaud for her commitment against Female Genital Mutilation and all kinds of violence against women.

She is the founder and executive director of Les Orchidées Rouges NGO, based in France in Bordeaux and in Côte d’Ivoire in Abidjan.

She is also the founder and executive director of Les Orchidées Rouges Institute, which is the first regional multidisciplinary care unit of France specialized in the holistic support of women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation and/or forced marriage.

On the 1st September of 2021, she founded in Abidjan the first multidisciplinary care unit of Côte d’Ivoire specialized in the global support of women and girls having undergone female genital mutilation and all other kinds of gender-based violence survivors.

Her NGO was awarded the special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.