In February 2020 the CoP held a discussion during which we explored the links between Economy and female genital mutilation. We found that Economic issues can be considered both in terms of causes and in terms of consequence of FGM.
First, we considered socio-economic factors such as poverty, the level of education, women’s economic and social independence, as potential driving forces of FGM. As we know, Female genital mutilations is linked to power relations between men and women, the gendered status of women and girls in a given society as well as their level of autonomyand action. Power, of course, is profoundly linked to economic development and property law. Thus, we will discuss issues around how women’s socio-economic situation, their opportunities in terms of employment and education, and the level of poverty, are linked to FGM. And thus, whether economic development can foster abandonment of FGM.
Moreover, considering the economic and social costs of FGM is also crucial. Indeed, FGM has important social and medical costs, as shown in WHO’s 2010 study on “Obstetric costs of female genital mutilation in six African countries”. A new WHO FGM cost calculation tool was presented on February 6th 2020, international day against female genital mutilation.
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The following questions were given to the members:
- Do you see a relationship between standard of living, poverty, education rate of girls, economic autonomy of women – and FGM, in your country ?
- Do you have examples of projects aiming at women’s empowerment and having had a positive effect on the FGM prevalence rate?
- Is there information about the cost of FGM in your country? How do you use this information in your work?
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