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This Innocenti Digest examines the social dynamics of lady genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). In groups the place it's practiced, FGM/C is a vital a part of women and womens cultural gender identification. The strategy imparts a feeling of satisfaction, of coming of age and a sense of group club. additionally, no longer conforming to the perform stigmatizes and isolates women and their households, leading to the lack of their social prestige. The social expectancies surrounding FGM/C signify a massive situation to households who may possibly in a different way desire to abandon the perform. This Innocenti Digest is a contribution to a transforming into circulation to finish the perform worldwide.

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TAMWA has also organized sessions for media practitioners, NGOs, community-based organisations and theatre groups to increase understanding of FGM/C and promote the use of appropriate language and approaches. and NGOs work together to support an ongoing process of social change leading to the adoption of legislation against FGM/C. In September 2004, the Government of Kenya hosted an international conference, which focused on developing a political, legal and social environment for the implementation of the Maputo Protocol.

For example, in the United Kingdom, since the introduction in 1985 of specific legislation to criminalize the practice, there have been no prosecutions for FGM/C. In Sweden, only one case had been brought to court by 2000, some 18 years after this country had introduced specific legislation. By the same date in France, there had been 25 prosecutions for involvement in FGM/C using criminal injury legislation. Reliance on general criminal legislation does not necessarily lead to prosecutions. 8 This is also the direction in which Italy is moving.

7. For more details see Legal Tools for the Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation, proceedings of the Afro-Arab expert consultation, Cairo, Egypt, 21-23 June 2003, Non c’è pace senza giustizia, special supplement to periodical 1/2004. Data from UNICEF (2004), “Tanzania FGM/C country sheet”, Creating an enabling environment for change 33 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 based on Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey 1996. 2005. Together with UNICEF, the IPU has also developed a child protection handbook for parliamentarians which includes basic information on FGM/C, the major international standards on the subject, and the main challenges and strategies indentified by the IPU panel.

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