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When and How Does Law Effectively Reduce the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: : A crossborder Study in Burkina Faso and Mali [Technical Report]
Wouango, Joséphine; Ostermann, L. Susan; Mwanga, Daniel
2020
 

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Keywords :
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting; Sexual and Gender-Based Violence; Reproductive Health; Legal Compliance; Burkina Faso; Mali
Abstract :
[en] Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is recognized globally as carrying risks to both the physical and psychological health of girls and women and is widely considered a violation of human rights. An estimated 200 million girls and women in 30 countries have undergone FGM/C and as many as 30 million girls younger than 15 years of age are at risk. A common policy response to FGM/C is to call for the enactment and enforcement of criminal prohibitions on the practice. Yet, compliance with laws is complex: it can be motivated and undercut by moral, social, religious, and incentive-based factors. The cross-border study detailed in this working paper was conducted in two neighbouring countries. Researchers selected Burkina Faso (which has a strong FGM/C law) and Mali (which has no specific FGM/C law) to explore attitudes and tendencies toward obeying the law and continuing FGM/C practices while controlling for many potentially confounding variables.
Disciplines :
Human health sciences: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Author, co-author :
Wouango, Joséphine  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Département des sciences sociales
Ostermann, L. Susan;  University Notre Dame, USA > Keough School of Global Affairs
Mwanga, Daniel
Language :
English
Title :
When and How Does Law Effectively Reduce the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: : A crossborder Study in Burkina Faso and Mali [Technical Report]
Alternative titles :
[en] Dans quelles conditions la loi est-elle éfficace pour réduire la pratique des mutilations génitales féminines: Une étude transfrontalière au Burkina Faso et au Mali [Rapport technique]
Publication date :
April 2020
Publisher :
Population Council, Nairobi, Kenya
Number of pages :
87
Commissioned by :
Population Council
Name of the research project :
The Evidence to End FGM/C: Research to Help Girls and Women Thrive
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