Excellent contribution, Hilary, that reminded me of the theme chosen for the first exhibition of paintings against FGM with which your co-panelist Godfrey is associated. In 1998 in Lagos, Nigeria, curator Joy Keshi Walker’s catalogue featured the three S’s — the Sorrow, the Suffering, the Set-back, the last meaning precisely economic loss to the nation wounding half its people.
The Inter-African Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices affecting Women and Girls (the IAC) held an International Conference to End FGM at the United Nations in Geneva on 10 and 11 May 2016. The theme was ‘From Goals to Action: Working Together to Bridge Gaps‘. I spoke on the Economics of FGM. My main point? … that ending FGM will be achieved most quickly if we fully engage economic analysis of the wider contexts and use that analysis to inform Public Health budgets and strategies, with top-level leaders who accept direct accountability for delivery.
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