This time we are exploring Cross Border FGM, particularly within the African region.
As it stands, Global research has shown that the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
has been declining globally over the last three decades. These massive shifts have been attributed to FGM
awareness campaigns as well as national laws banning the practice.
Consequently, evidence suggests that communities in countries where Female Genital
Mutilation is legally prohibited are taking girls across national borders in
order to have them undergo FGM.
This phenomena is known as “Cross-border female genital mutilation”.
As usual, we have prepared a thematic note to guide the discussion. This note, drafted for the Community of Practice on FGM, provides an overview of the issue of cross-border FGM, with examples from different contexts. The aim is to open a discussion on this practice and to learn from different experiences of how to tackle it.
You can find the thematic note here:
The discussion will last a few weeks.
Three experts will share their experience and expertise from different contexts:
– Natalie Robi Tingo, End FGM Activist, founder and executive director of Msichana Empowerment Kuria, Kenya
– Joséphine Wouango, anthropologist, lecturer at the University of Liège, Belgium
– Felister Gitonga, program officer in the End Harmful practices program of Equality Now, Kenya
We invite members to engage and share any information and resources they have on this topic, and to answer the following questions :
- Does Cross border FGM exist in your country? Do you have data and proof of the practice?
- How can we eradicate cross border practice in our communities?
- In your experience, have regional laws (such as the EAC Act) had a beneficial effect on cross-border FGM?