Implementation of the International and Regional Human Rights Framework for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation

No. of pages: 88

Publication date: November 2014

Author: UNFPA

Publisher: UNFPA

A human rights approach to FGM places the practice within a broader social justice agenda — one that emphasizes the responsibilities of governments to ensure realization of the full spectrum of women’s and girls’ rights. In order to place FGM within a human rights framework, it is critical to know more about human rights law. The aim of this paper is to contribute to the dearth of literature focusing on the gross violation of human rights through the practice of FGM. It also addresses the corresponding duties of governments under international human rights law.