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February 2018
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 Highlights

Zero Tolerance to FGM: UNGA resolution banning this human rights violation must be turned into concrete and efficient action
 

Today marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, a day when we reaffirm our strong commitment to bring an end to one of the most serious and wide-scale violation of the rights of women and girls.
 
Despite the years of awareness campaigns to promote the elimination of FGM, millions of women and girls worldwide are still victims or at risk of FGM, as both a result and a perpetuation of gender inequality and discrimination that denies them the most basic forms of personal autonomy and self-determination.
 
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had taken a first strong stance on this issue on 20 December 2012 by adopting the Resolution 67/146, which was hailed by the Ban FGM campaign, a coalition of African and European NGOs created thanks to the initiative of No Peace Without Justice. In December 2014, the UNGA Resolution 69/150 renewed this commitment, with an increased number of sponsoring countries and strengthened language.

As called for by these breakthrough resolutions, NPWJ and its partners of the BanFGM Campaign have constantly stressed that the adoption and the enforcement of explicit and effective legislation, backed by sanctions, banning all forms of FGM are fundamental and crucial factors to successfully combat this human rights violation, protect its victims and end impunity.
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 NPWJ events

BanFGM: National Workshop in Burkina Faso to strengthen the capacity of the police and the judiciary in ensuring compliance with the law
 

On 26 February 2018, No Peace Without Justice, in partnership with the Inter-African Committee for Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children  (IAC) and the NGO Voix des Femmes, convened a national workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, aimed at fostering the implementation of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolutions 69/146 and 69/150 calling for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation (FGM).
 
The workshop was organised under the sponsorship of  H.E. Mrs Sika KABORE, First Lady of Burkina Faso and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Participants included representatives from the police, gendarmerie and the judicial sector (Forces de défense et de sécurité - FDS), and other key actors involved in the fight against FGM and for the promotion of women’s rights.
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GAMCOTRAP and NPWJ promote a day-long awareness activity to strengthen the legal and political framework against FGM in The Gambia
 

On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, GAMCOTRAP and No Peace Without Justice are conducting a day-long awareness activity under the theme “Accelerate Zero Tolerance to end FGM by 2030: Fostering the dialogue among local actors to strengthen the legal and political framework against FGM in The Gambia”, to be held on 21 February 2018 in Kanifing in the Greater Banjul Area.
 
The event is part of a wider awareness campaign against female genital mutilation, called “BanFGM: Towards the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation”, carried out by NPWJ in seven West African countries with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
 
In the wake of the passage of the law prohibiting FGM in the Gambia, this event aims to strengthen awareness-raising and advocacy activities to popularize it, spreading the information both on the universal ban on FGM and its implications at the local/national level as well as about the law. Wide knowledge about this law and its implications, among representatives of the government as well as the general public, is essential to ensure effective application. Participants will comprise community based facilitators, some Ex-Circumcisers, Women leaders and Young people drawn from different organisations in the Gambia.
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 NPWJ press releases

Side event on "Forcible Transfer of Population in Syria"
Geneva, UNHRC, 37th Session, Palais des Nations, 26 February 2018

BanFGM: National Workshop in Burkina Faso to strengthen the capacity of the police and the judiciary in ensuring compliance with the law
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 26 February 2018

GAMCOTRAP and NPWJ promote a day-long awareness activity to strengthen the legal and political framework against FGM in The Gambia
Kanifing, The Gambia, 21 February 2018

Zero Tolerance to FGM: UNGA resolution banning this human rights violation must be turned into concrete and efficient action
Brussels-Rome, 6 February 2018

BanFGM Campaign: NPWJ and its partners advocate at the African Union
Addid Ababa, 28-29 January 2018

National Workshop in Ivory Coast to foster effective implementation of UN resolution banning Female Genital Mutilation
Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 16-17 January 2018

Genocide and the UPR: The case of France
Brussels, 15 January 2018

 NPWJ in the news


 

Elimination des MGF au Burkina : Les FDS appelées en renfort, Aline Ariane BAMOUNI, Aujourd'hui au Faso, 27 février 2018
Elimination des MGF au Burkina : Les FDS appelées en renfort, Aline Ariane BAMOUNI, Aujourd'hui au Faso, 27 February 2018

Gamcotrap commemorates Zero Tolerance Day to end FGM
By Isatou Senghore-Njie, The Point, 23 February 2018

FGM violates women’s right at least 200 million survivors says –Aslup
By Sarjo Camara Singateh, Foroyaa, 23 February 2018

L’Italia riconferma l’impegno nella lotta all’eradicazione delle mutilazioni genitali femminili (MGF)
Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo, 5 October 2017

Passing of M. Cherif Bassiouni, “the Godfather of International Criminal Law”
CICC News, 26 September 2017

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