The webinar addressed the issue of the legislative situation of FGM in 4 African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea and Chad.
Legislation against FGM in North America: US and Canada
A study release in 2020 by Equality now shows that FGM is actually practiced in 92 countries, and that only 51 of those have enacted laws to fight FGM
Anti-FGM legislation and court cases in Europe, updated in 2021.
Governments have signed international treaties obliging them to take action against FGM. Laws have been designed to be important tools to hold governments accountable for their obligations and duties under international law. However, members pointed out that although many African states have ratified international and regional human rights treaties addressing violence against women and girls, they do not always transpose them into national law and policy. Fatou Janssen witnesses the limits in the application of Maputo Protocol in Tanzania which has not taken the necessary measures to integrate it into national law.
EUROPE Fiona Coyle, director of the European Network End FGM shared their vision of legislation and prosecutions. “Legislation and prosecutions are important, but not always enough. Ending FGM should not only be about prosecution but also, and most importantly, about prevention and protection.” A few points; 1) Istanbul convention In 2011, the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention) was signed by EU member states and has since been ratified by the majority. This is the first legally binding
Many countries have specific legislation against FGM.
LFGM is internationally recognized as a practice that violates human rights laws. A number of international conventions and declarations form the legal framework for the protection and promotion of women and girls’ human rights and are relevant to FGM: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
FGM is internationally recognized as a practice that violates human rights laws. A number of international conventions and declarations form the legal framework for the protection and promotion of women and girls’ human rights and are relevant to FGM.
Khadia Diallo "I had to be very clear with my family that I would not allow my daughter to be cut and that I even wanted it to stop for all the other girls in my family" Khadia Diallo is the founder of the Belgian association against female genital mutilation (GAMS Belgium). She shares with us her experience with intergenerational dialogue on FGM.