Liberia -- enactment of FGM law
In March 2011, Equality Now issued a Women's Action calling on the government to enact a law protecting women and girls from FGM in Liberia and seeking justice for Ruth Peal who was forcibly mutilated in January 2010. Please see link below.
FGM case in Niger (AGLDF)
Equality Now is following up on the case of about eight girls, between the ages of one month to seven years, who were mutilated by a circumciser in the area of Kariel in Niger and taken to the local hospital for treatment. The police immediately arrested the circumciser and the parents. The local court has not set a date for a first hearing. Last year 42 people were convicted of subjecting their daughters to genital mutilation and sentenced to eight month suspended jail sentences and a fine of 89US$ each.
The latest issue of Equality Now's journal, which is resource to share information and provide a forum to promote a better understanding and more effective strategies for the eradication of FGM, is being printed and will soon be available on our website. Please see the link below for the last edition from 2010.
Strengthening the work of our partners:
Recently, Equality Now staff traveled to conduct monitoring and evaluation (M&E) training for two FGM Fund partners: PROFESAB in Mali and CONIPRAT in Niger. This is part of our efforts to strengthen the capacity of grassroots groups working in their communities.