Using the law to end FGM/C

Strategic litigation is a key strategy used by AmplifyChange grantee Equality Now in their efforts to eradicate FGM/C.

Using the law to end FGM/C

Strategic litigation is a key strategy used by AmplifyChange grantee Equality Now in their efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and child marriage. Add: Content

Litigation has the potential to set precedents and impact on broader change in policies and laws to protect sexual and reproductive rights.  

On 29 November 2017, Equality Now’s partner - Voix de Femmes in Burkina Faso - litigated a landmark case against a cutter, Talato Diallo. The case led to her conviction and that of her accomplices for the mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) of 20 girls. 

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Voix de Femmes at the hearing in Burkina Faso.

Legislation is an important step in the fight against FGM/C, but enforcement of legislation alone will not be sufficient to fully eradicate the practice.

Equality Now is combining litigation with grassroots activism, promoting awareness through the media, and strengthening collaboration and capacities of civil society organisations to hold governments accountable and to challenge discriminatory social norms. They aim to achieve legal and systemic change to address violence and discrimination against women and girls globally.  

With support from AmplifyChange, Equality Now is also supporting local partners to take forward strategic litigation cases in Uganda and Tanzania to promote the introduction of legislation criminalising child marriage.  

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Burkina Faso’s First Lady, Her Excellency Madam Sika Bella Kabore and Equality Now’s End FGM Program Manager, Mary Wandia, at the opening of the Equality Now meeting on enhancing collaboration and Legal Action to End FGM, July 2016.

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Quote open With support from the AmplifyChange Fund, Equality Now and Voix de Femmes will work together to improve the implementation of the anti-FGM laws in Burkina Faso to protect girls from FGM. Quote close

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 End FGM Program Managr, equality now

11 July 2016 marked the 13th anniversary of the Maputo Protocol and the start of the Litigation Surgery in Burkina Faso. The First Lady opened the Surgery and committed to intensifying the fight against FGM: “Key in ending FGM is [the] adoption and implementation of legal tools such as the Maputo Protocol”. 

Equality Now’s, End FGM Program Manager, Mary Wandia, added "with support from the AmplifyChange Fund, Equality Now and Voix de Femmes will work together to improve the implementation of the anti-FGM laws in Burkina Faso to protect girls from FGM".

Links and guidance

To mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM, we compiled 10 tips from grantees working to eradicate FGM/C. Click the link below to download the resource (available in English and French). 

For funding opportunities on FGM/C, see ViiV Heathcare's #EndFGM Positive Action Challenge.

10 tips to eradicate FGM/C AmplifyChange

10 things we learnt from grantees about FGM/C eradication

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10 enseignements transmis par nos bénéficiaires militant pour l’éradication des MGF/E

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