Khady’s Advocacy Bears Fruit…

Khady’s memoir, Blood Stains. A Child of Africa Reclaims Her Human Rights, opens and closes at the United Nations.

The UN ban on FGM, for which Khady has tirelessly fought, grows ever nearer as another step is taken toward a General Assembly vote. Here H.E. Mrs. Chantal Compaoré, First Lady of Burkina Faso, signs the Belgian Senate’s appeal with Emma Bonino, Vice President of the Italian Senate. Chantal Campaoré has written the Preface for Berhane Ras-Work’s history of the Inter-African Committee, forthcoming from UnCUT/VOICES Press.

Appeal for worldwide ban on female genital mutilation

[Source: Newsletter of the International Center for Reproductive Health (ICRH) Belgium, 15 June 2012.

On 3 May, the Belgian Senate hosted the launch of an appeal for a UN resolution that explicitly bans female genital mutilation and calls on all states to take measures. 


The event was organized by the international NGO ‘Coalition for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation’, under the auspices of the Presidency of the Belgian Senate and with the presence of H.E. Mrs Chantal Compaoré, First Lady of Burkina Faso, Goodwill Ambassador of the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices and Coordinator of the International Ban FGM Campaign. The Coalition has been campaigning since 2010 for the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a Resolution banning the practice. Such a Resolution would provide the highest-level expression of political will and be an essential step towards ending this violation of human rights.            

The African Group at the UN is currently spearheading the effort to draft a Resolution. In support of the African Group’s effort to ensure the effectiveness of the Resolution as an instrument for governments and activists working to bring an end to this human rights violation, the Ban FGM Coalition is launching an appeal to the United Nations for a Resolution that explicitly bans female genital mutilation worldwide, and calling on all States to adopt and implement legislation to ban female genital mutilation and to take all necessary legislative, political and operational measures aimed at ending the practice.

Els Leye, as board member of La Palabre, [co-founded with Khady Koita], co-moderated the event and was, together with Marleen Temmerman from ICRH, one of the first signatories to the Appeal.

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