12:00 Welcoming Words
Isabella Micali Drossos, Senior Counsel, World Bank
12:05 Analysis of FGM's Medical Aspects, Law and Practice
Paul Komba, International Human Rights Lawyer & Author
12:40 Q&A Session
Moderator: Lou M.C. Granier, Consultant Gender Specialist, World Bank
Legal Vice Presidency
Isabella Micali Drossos is a French and Brazilian lawyer. She joined the Bank in 1999 and has worked since then as an operational lawyer in Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Region. She has a passion for issues related to gender-based violence (in particular Female Genital Mutilation and Domestic Violence) and collective happiness and well-being in development. She holds degrees in law and in economics from the University of Paris, an LLM from the London School of Economics and a PhD in international public law from the University Pantheon-Sorbonne.
International Human Rights Lawyer (Barrister), Middle Temple, London, UK
Dr. Paul Komba is currently an international Human Rights lawyer (Barrister) with the Middle Temple, London, UK and a Senior Research Fellow in Law at Northumbria University (UK) where he works on data-driven approaches to gender-based human rights issues including FGM. He previously worked as a Law Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, the Law Faculty (Johannesburg) and the Cambridge Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) and the Cambridge Centre for African Studies (CCAS). Dr Komba spent years on the legal institutional support for preventing violence against girls and women. He has since published a book entitled ‘Female Genital Mutilation Around the World: Medical Aspects, Law and Practice’ (Springer 2018). He has also authored a book chapter ‘The State of Data and Statistics in sub- Saharan Africa in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals’, in Anne Thurston (ed), A Matter of Trust: Building Integrity into Data, Statistics and Records in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals (The University of Chicago Press, 2020). Dr Komba has also published numerous peer-reviewed articles in practitioner and specialised academic journals. He has since 2010 been member of the FGM International Network, where he continues to share his professional experience how to use the law to promote gender equality and eradicate FGM. He is also a reviewer of the celebrated World Bank’s Compendium of International and National Legal frameworks on FGM.
International Consultant and Gender Specialist
Lou M. C. Granier is a French International Consultant in Development specialized in Gender. She holds a master's degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics, and a joint degree from Queen Mary University of London in Economics and Politics. She then specialized in Gender programming and GBV at the George Washington University. She is specifically dedicated to work toward the eradication of FGM/C and has been working with the World Bank, NGOs, and the National Committee to Combat Harmful Practices in Guinea Bissau while developing operational work in Mali and in Guinea. She is also a member of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development’s FGM/C Legal Working Group.#EndFGM #SDG5.3