The Law and FGM: An Overview of 28 African Countries

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:23 PM
Author: 28 Too Many and Thomson Reuters Foundation
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“There are 55 million girls at risk of FGM in Africa today, and half those girls live in three countries that already have laws and 30% live in the six countries that don't have laws” - 28 Too Many

This overview summarises country reports on anti-FGM laws in the African countries where the practice is most endemic, as well as others where it continues. It analyses the legal framework and status of FGM, offers useful statistics and highlights examples of good and bad practice that local activists can use in their advocacy efforts.

There is no other research that reviews the legalities of FGM so comprehensively and at this scale. The easy-to-read format of the report that the lawyers and 28 Too Many have worked so hard to produce means that the law is now accessible and a powerful tool for those who need it most.

Coordinated by Latham & Watkins, over 125 lawyers from Shearman & Sterling, Cleary Gottlieb, Reed Smith LLP, Omer Abdelati Law Firm, Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm, and Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie worked collaboratively to produce these ground-breaking country reports.

To read the Impact Story click here.

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