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Seminar on the role of parliamentarians in the abandonment of FGM/C

April 2012

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Programme

Hon. Dominique Tilmans meets local women in the Yatenga province (Burkina Faso) on the occasion of public audiences regarding the abandonment of FGM/C. April 2012

In April 2012, the National Assembly of Burkina Faso, in cooperation with AWEPA, organised a National Workshop entitled Le rôle des parlementaires dans l’abandon des mutilations génitales féminines/excisions (MGF/E) (the role of parliamentarians in the abandonment of FGM/C). Nearly 40 parliamentarians participated, as well as representatives from the government, the National Council, local NGOs, as well as UNFPA and UNICEF. The First Lady of Burkina Faso, Ms. Chantal Compaoré, was present and opened the workshop. The main outcome of the workshop was the adoption of proposed “Key parliamentary actions” that Members of Parliament can undertake to favour FGM abandonment. Following the workshop, a group of parliamentarians led public consultations in two villages in the province of Yatenga, organised jointly with local NGOs, to exchange views with the citizens on the issue of FGM/C.

Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.