Gender and Human Rights Program activities

Since 2000, NPWJ has organized conferences, seminars, and workshops, promoted public mobilization actions and conducted lobbying and advocacy actions in order to stimulate the political commitment of institutions, authorities, women’s rights activists and communities throughout Africa and Europe to promote the adoption of legal measures as positive and long-lasting tool of social progress.
Over the past years, No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) Gender and Human Rights Program focused on a campaign for the adoption of a Resolution to explicitly ban female genital mutilation (FGM) by the United Nations General Assembly, which saw its successful culmination on 20 December 2012 (A/RES/67/146).  Following this landmark step, NPWJ continues to work with women’s rights activists across the world to target this and other forms of violence against women that tend to be addressed as cultural issues, rather than as violations of universal human rights. In addition to FGM, these include forced and child marriage, marital rape, sex work, denial of reproductive rights and other violations that are manifestations of women’s subordinate status.
Among recent and ongoing initiatives carried out by NPWJ, we can highlight the BEFORE project (Best practices to Empower women against Female genital mutilation, Operating for Rights and legal Efficacy), supported by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020); EMANCIPA-MI, supported by The Circle, the Municipality of Milan (Italy) and Fondazione Bracco; and a study on the prevalence of forced and early marriage in Italy, with the support of The Circle

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