NPWJ works with women’s rights activists across the world to target female genital mutilation (FGM) and other forms of violence committed against women that are primarily being addressed as cultural issues, rather than as human rights violations.
In addition to female genital mutilation (FGM), these include forced and child marriage, marital rape, denial of reproductive rights, and other violations against women that are consequences of their subordinate status. For these violations, specific and effective legislative measures are needed to provide legitimacy, protection and essential legal tools both to women’s rights advocates working to turn the tide of social norms, and to victims and potential victims resisting societal expectations to be silent and acquiesce.
For more information, contact Giulia Schiavoni, Program Adviser, Gender & Human Rights Program (gschiavoni@npwj.org).