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Female Genital Mutilation: Can Criminalisation Eradicate the Cruel Cut?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 12:50 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us on Tuesday, April 16 for a lunch talk with Barrister Charlotte Proudman. Please RSVP for a lunch by emailing Claudia Alvarenga (calvarenga@law.berkeley.edu). 

Charlotte is an award-winning human rights barrister. She represents women and girls in cases of gender-based violence particularly female genital mutilation (FGM). Combining the law and academia, Charlotte is a Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge where she researches FGM jurisprudence in Western nations. She was awarded her Doctorate on FGM law and policy in the UK from King’s College, Cambridge. This was the first major empirical study of FGM in the UK. Known as the “feminist barrister” and “#MeToo pioneer” by the media, Charlotte is committed to ensuring gender equality under the law. She is a fierce campaigner, writing and speaking about gender discriminatory legislation.

FGM has been a criminal offence since 1985 in the UK yet there has only been one conviction for the offence as recent as 2019. It is thought that over 130,000 women and girls are living with FGM and over 60,000 girls are at risk of FGM each year in the UK. Girls are being cut younger in order to avoid detection and evade the law. Charlotte will draw on interviews with women and stakeholders responsible for enforcing the law to critically examine the unintended consequences of criminalisation of a practice that has historically been understood as a cultural and traditional issue.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019
12:50 pm - 2:00 pm


240 Law Building


Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.

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