FGM as a violation of Human Rights

Female Genital Mutilation is one of the most widespread and systematic violations of the human right to personal integrity, committed against millions of women and girls worldwide; it is a form of child abuse and of sexual and gender-based violence.
The overall objective of the NPWJ Gender and Human Rights program is to develop a political, legal and social environment that challenges attitudes and behaviours on FGM and all other harmful traditional practices and works towards its elimination, in the context of the promotion and protection of human rights. The program builds the strategic capacity of women’s rights advocates and field practitioners working on FGM and promotes legal reform as an effective tool for behavioural change in order to turn the tide of social norms against FGM.
For more information, please contact fgm@npwj.org or Alvilda Jablonko, FGM Program Coordinator (ajablonko@npwj.org).