An end to inaction: Addressing female genital mutilation in Canada

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Date created: 
2019-03-14
Identifier: 
etd20259
Keywords: 
FGM
Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)
Human rights
Health
Policy framework
Canada
Abstract: 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a human rights and health issue affecting women and girls across the world. As Canada is lagging behind other countries in tackling FGM, this study addresses this gap. The research includes interviews with nine experts in Canada and Europe, and a case study analysis examining the legislative and policy frameworks in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and France. Drawing on the research findings, the study recommends creating a multi-sector policy framework on FGM with a lead ministry and a national action plan. Key action plan items include an FGM prevalence study, a multi-agency guide, and training formats for relevant professionals. These policies are assessed based on effectiveness and feasibility criteria, and recommended for short-, medium-, or long-term implementation. For Canada, it is time to end inaction and Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence provides now an important policy window for addressing FGM.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Senior supervisor: 
Olena Hankivsky
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: School of Public Policy
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.P.P.
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