France a pioneer in criminalization of female genital mutilation
Excerpts from the speech given by Minister for Women’s Rights, Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, at Girl Summit 2014
London, 23 July 2014
France is one of the first countries to have tried and sentenced families of female genital mutilation victims. Thanks to the active efforts of voluntary organizations, which for 30 years have taken action to promote girls’ health and physical integrity, justice has been done in over 40 trials over the past 30 years or so.
In France, medical confidentiality can’t be invoked in cases of mutilation. It is chiefly those responsible for providing children’s medical care who report such cases. Their involvement is invaluable.
Doctors actively engaged in the issue have developed reparative surgery which is now available to victims, and the cost reimbursed through the healthcare scheme. At last we can say to victims that their suffering isn’t permanent.