Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Legal Working Group

 

 

Objectives

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)  is a development issue and an extreme form of violence against women and girls that affects more than 200 million women in the world. FGM/C is a harmful practice proven to impact the physical and mental health of survivors  from the moment of the cutting, with prolonged and irreversible consequences during their entire lives. The practice may also lead to death.

Studies show that FGM/C has economic and social consequences and a high obstetric cost although a comprehensive study on the exact extent of these economic, health and social costs is still to be carried out. Beyond the data and the statistics, researcher have shown that FGM/C deprives women of sexual satisfaction, sexual health and psychophysical well-being. In 2012, 2018 and 2020, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolutions urging the international community to intensify global efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) (A/RES/67/146  and A/RES/73/582 ). This Working Group wishes to respond to that call. 

The FGM/C Legal Working Group will operate at the intersection of Gender Based Violence (GBV), Traditional Harmful Practices, Law, and Health. It will debate and research effective ways in which FGM/C issues can be integrated into different programs. Rising from the 2021 Zero Tolerance Day for FGM/C’s theme “No Time for Global Inaction: Unite, Fund and Act to End FGM/C”, the working group wishes to actively participate to the intensification and acceleration of efforts with the help of GFLJD and external partners.

The Working Group will instantly focus on five actionable items:
1.    An annual event to mark the Zero Tolerance Day (around February 6);
2.    Updating of the Compendium of International and National Legal Frameworks on FGM;
3.    Regular “Brown Bag Lunch” conversations on Law and FGM;
4.    Eight to ten Training Legal Manuals and trainings for legal professionals in selected countries;
5.    Community Legal Manuals to accompany the Training Legal Manuals to improve legal literacy.


News

Legal Literacy Community Training Manual on the Law against FGM in Guinea PUBLICATION | Legal Literacy Community Training Manual on the Law against FGM in Guinea
Legal Training Manual for Professionals on the Law against FGM in Senegal PUBLICATION | Legal Training Manual for Professionals on the Law against FGM in Senegal
Legal Training Manual for Professionals on the Law against FGM in Nigeria PUBLICATION | Legal Training Manual for Professionals on the Law against FGM in Nigeria
resources/compendium-international-and-national-legal-frameworks-child-marriage-1 PUBLICATION | Compendium of International and National Legal Frameworks on Child Marriage
Legal Training Manual for Professionals on the Law against FGM in Guinea Bissau PUBLICATION | Legal Training Manual for Professionals on the Law against FGM in Guinea Bissau
Legal Training Manual for Professionals on the Law against FGM in Guinea PUBLICATION | Legal Training Manual for Professionals on the Law against FGM in Guinea
Legal Training Manual for Professionals on the Law against FGM in Guinea Bissau PUBLICATION | Legal Training Manual for Professionals on the Law against FGM in Guinea Bissau
Compendium of International and National Legal Frameworks on Female Genital Mutilation PUBLICATION | Compendium of International and National Legal Frameworks on Female Genital Mutilation

Activities

International Day of the African Child: Achieving SDG 5.3 and SDG16.2 WEBINAR | International Day of the African Child: Achieving SDG 5.3 and SDG16.2
VIRTUAL | June 16, 2022, 09:00 – 12:00 PM ET
Professional Training for Health Professionals in Mali: Treating and Managing the Health Consequences of FGM WEBINAR | Professional Training for Health Professionals in Mali: Treating and Managing the Health Consequences of FGM
VIRTUAL | March 16, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
"Handful of Ash" Accelerating Investment to End Female Genital Mutilation WEBINAR | "Handful of Ash" Accelerating Investment to End Female Genital Mutilation
VIRTUAL | February 22, 2022, 9:00 – 12:00 AM ET
Media Campaigns: A Cost-Effective and Impactful way to Change Social Norms and Prevent Female Genital Mutilation WEBINAR | Media Campaigns: A Cost-Effective and Impactful way to Change Social Norms and Prevent Female Genital Mutilation.
VIRTUAL | December 8, 2021, 9:00 – 10:00 AM ET
Young Researchers on GBV in Africa : Violence Against Women in the Great Lakes Region / Rethinking Informal Justice's role for GBV survivors / Tax and Women’s Rights WEBINAR | Young Researchers on GBV in Africa : Violence Against Women in the Great Lakes Region / Rethinking Informal Justice's role for GBV survivors / Tax and Women’s Rights
VIRTUAL | November 30, 2021, 9:00 – 10:00 AM ET
LJD Week 2021 | Intersectionality: Female Genital Mutilation and Racism WEBINAR | Intersectionality: Female Genital Mutilation and Racism
VIRTUAL | November 9, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 AM ET
FGM October 13th WEBINAR | FGM in Latin America among the Embera People in Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador
VIRTUAL | October 13, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Should states be held responsible to eradicate FGM WEBINAR | Should states be held responsible to eradicate FGM?
VIRTUAL | September 8, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

 

 

CO-CHAIRS AND MEMBERS

Isabella Micali Drossos





 
  Isabella Micali Drossos
Senior Counsel
World Bank
 
Edith Ruguru Mwenda
 
 

Edith Ruguru Mwenda
Senior Counsel
World Bank

Francesca Daverio   Francesca Daverio
Head of Office, Office of the Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel
World Bank