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Burkina Faso: Law Prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Guarantee Basic Rights and Responsibilities

Recognised by the Future Policy Award 2014, Burkina Faso’s approach to the eradication of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is exemplary. The introduction of a law criminalising those that practice FGM/C, as well as their accomplices, signalled growing commitment by the government and was the outcome of sustained advocacy efforts. The effective implementation of the law in Burkina Faso is ensured through a range of accompanying measures, defined in a national action plan, and initiatives in the field of social policy, education and public health. The approach has proven successful in reducing FGM/C, holding perpetrators accountable and changing attitudes. With broad and long standing public and political support, it will likely stay a priority irrespective of changes in political leadership.

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