Broader Coordinated Policies

last updated January 2015 

In partnership with UN Women, The Advocates for Human Rights created the following sections for UN Women's Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls. This section, along with sections addressing other forms of violence against women and girls, may be found under Legislation at www.endvawnow.org.

 

Broader Coordinated Policies

  • No criminal legislation should be enacted without also mandating governmental and social awareness policies, professional training, and public education. These efforts should be coordinated to make them more effective. 
  • Legal consequences may deter the practice of FGM but because the practice is so entrenched in culture, religion and individual beliefs, communities as a whole must be convinced to eliminate the practice and change social behavior. Politicians, religious and community leaders, health and legal professionals, service providers, and other influential individuals or social groups must be recruited to participate in changing social norms. Tools should be created such as health facts, human rights principles, religious interpretations that are favorable to women, material and legal resources, literacy and organizational skills. Collaborations must be rooted in a human rights approach that focuses on the empowerment of women to be free from FGM and enjoy full reproductive and sexual rights and control.