Women’s rights organizations challenge Mali’s lack of anti FGM law at the ECOWAS Court of Justice
Leading women’s rights organizations have jointly filed a case at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria, to challenge Mali’s failure to prohibit Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The government has not adopted a legal and policy framework to criminalize the practice and currently, there is no legislation that addresses FGM, leaving women and girls without recourse or protection from this serious human rights violation.
Dear journalists, broadcasters, editors, influencers, educators, your words matter. The words you write have the power to change the hearts and minds of millions. It’s a serious responsibility, especially when it comes to serious issues such as female genital mutilation.
A three-judge bench of the High Court in Nairobi has upheld and validated the constitutionality of the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act, 2011, advancing the rights of women and girls to a positive cultural context and to protection against harmful practices.
The submission deals with our concern about human rights violations faced by women and girls in the Russian Federation, focusing on the Russian Federation’s obligation under Article 2 (obligation to prevent torture, including through legislative measures) of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to address domestic violence, female genital mutilation, and discrimination in the law with regards to the exemption from punishment of offenders, including rapists, who marry their victims.
Because FGM affects women and girls on every continent except for Antarctica, there must be a global strategy and international cooperation to end the harmful practice by 2030. Ahead of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, here’s an overview of the global movement to end this harmful practice.
To mark the end of an unprecedented year we’ve rounded up some moments of light amongst the darkness in the fight for gender equality.
GEORGIA, TBILISI, December 7, 2020 - Georgia has one of the highest rates of child marriage in Eastern Europe, but the problem is being widely overlooked. Although Georgian legislation states that marriage is prohibited under the age of 18 under any circumstance, many girls are married off as minors – sometimes against their will. The practice, together with other factors, arises out of gender inequality.
Produced in collaboration with Goga Khatiashvili (the author), this publication aims to address the culture of silence around child and forced marriage in Georgia. Though many in Georgia may consider child marriage to be a thing of the past, a 2018 UNICEF report found that among women aged 20-24, 14% were married by the age of 18 in Georgia.
This submission outlines the gaps in the protection of the rights of women and girls in Sierra Leone with regard to sexual violence, harmful practices, legal equality and human trafficking for sexual exploitation.