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The purpose of this guide is to provide access to relevant, diverse and credible research on the role of gender equality issues in achieving development goals. It aims to inform dialogue, learning and the sharing of good practice around areas such as gender mainstreaming, measuring change, legal and policy frameworks on gender and human rights, and successful initiatives from the field.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting (FGC), is a practice involving the cutting or removal of the external genitals. It is practised in 28 African countries and some communities in the Middle East and Asia. It is a violent and dangerous practice that leaves many girls and women physically, psychologically and emotionally damaged, and can result in serious long-term health problems or even death. This update provides links to campaigns aimed at ending FGM, as well as resources that provide background on the issue and innovative suggestions for moving toward the abandonment of the practice.

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Male survivors of sexual violence in Kampala demand for better services
Refugee Law Project, Uganda, 2014
Men of Hope Refugee Association in Uganda (MOHRAU) is a support group that brings together male refugee survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, and since 2011, the association has been actively engaged in number of ad hoc activ...
A report on the Fifth Annual Sexual Gender Based Violence & Persecution (SGBVP) Awareness Week
C. Dolan; K. Alain; S. Malinga / Refugee Law Project, Uganda, 2013
In 2013, the “Refugee Law Project” (RLP) in Uganda organised its Fifth Annual Sexual and Gender Based Violence/Persecution (SGBVP) awareness week. This report reflects the speeches and papers presented at that event. ...
From the frying pan into the fire: psychological challenges faced by vulnerable refugee women and girls in Kampala
Y. Nagujja; E. owiny; F.O. Oyat / Refugee Law Project, Uganda, 2014
During the past two decades, thousands of refugees have made their way to Kampala, the capital of Uganda, from conflict-torn neighbouring countries. Such atrocities result in a wide range of physical and psychological disorders and di...
Into the mainstream: addressing sexual violence against men and boys in conflict
C. Dolan / Refugee Law Project, Uganda, 2014
Between 1998 and 2008 alone, sexual violence against men was noted in reports on twenty-five conflict-affected countries. This briefing paper wonders what specific response and prevention mechanisms are required to address this violen...
Implementing a gender audit of an online knowledge service: The experience of GDNet
C. Brown / GDNet, 2013
GDNet is committed to addressing barriers facing southern researchers and creating an enabling environment for them to communicate their work better and more widely. This paper was commissioned by GDNet to explore gender-based barrier...
Gender in peacekeeping: A practitioners' manual for police gender advisers in peacekeeping missions
Institute for Security Studies, 2014
This guide aims to help strengthen understanding of gender equality, peace and security and gender-based violence, using international best practices. The guide also provides concrete elements and tools for applying a gender perspecti...
Adoption of draft Council Conclusions - "Preventing and combating all formsof violence against women and girls, including female genital mutilation”
European Union, 2014
On 12 March 2014, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union submitted to the Council a set of draft conclusions on preventing and combating all forms of violence against women and girls, including female genital mutilation (...
Legislating change? responses to criminalizing female genital cutting in Senegal
B. Shell-Duncan; A. Moreau; K. Wander / Law and Society Association, 2013
There are divergent views on the potential effects of legislation as an important reform strategy for ending female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). While supporters argue that legal prohibition of FGC has a general deterrent effec...
Prohibition of female genital mutilation (FGM): international, regional and African countries
The African Child Policy Forum, 2013
Which African nations have prohibited female genital mutilation (FGM), and which international laws protect women and girls from this harmful practice? This publication contains a compilation of the international and regional instrume...
Female genital cutting
Tostan, 2014
Female genital cutting (FGC) is a deeply-rooted social norm enforced by community expectations around marriageability. Girls who are not cut are often ostracised by their communities. Tostan is an African-based organisation empowering...
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