Egypt

AEFL

The challenge
There is a certain kind of violence that is directed primarily at young girls. This violence is driven by a societal will to control their bodies and their sexuality.
Female genital mutilation is part of this violence. It endangers physical and mental health, deprives countless women from enjoying their sexuality, and can completely destroy their lives.

Every year, 3 million girls and young women (the vast majority under the age of 15) around the world are subject to some form of female genital mutilation.
This amounts to 6 girls per minute. 
Today, 200 million women are living with the consequences of circumcision.

On the southern shores of the Mediterranean, Egypt is considered to be one of the countries where female genital mutilation is the most widely practiced. This is despite a 1996 decree banning the practice, followed by a law in 2008. Today, approximately 80% of girls between the ages of 15 to 17 have been circumcised.

The solution
The Association of Egyptian Female Lawyers (AEFL) has launched major campaigns to prevent female genital mutilation and violence against girls. The organisation aims to raise awareness among the public and specifically Parliament members to encourage the enactment of new legislation to protect girls from the violence threatening them. Its goal is to set up a solid network of some thirty associations to track trends, alert public opinion when necessary and provide psychological and legal aid to girls who are victims of physical and sexual violence.


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