Jacinta Muteshi-Strachan

Gender-based violence


Jacinta Muteshi-Strachan is a renowned expert in gender equality, women’s rights, and reproductive health with experience as a researcher, program manager, and advisor. 

The director of the Population Council’s research program on female genital mutilation/cutting – a harmful cultural practice that involves cutting, removing, and sometimes sewing up external female genitalia for non-medical reasons — Jacinta pursues research as a way to understand and address fundamental gender inequalities. She’s passionate about using evidence to challenge assumptions about what interventions work well, recognizing the social dimensions of health, and understanding the nuances of where continued research and efforts are needed.

evidence to end fgm/c: Research to Help Girls and Women Thrive

This Population Council-led research consortium generates quality evidence to accelerate the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) within one generation.