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Volume 17, Issue 2


Ban without Prosecution, Conviction without Punishment, and Circumcision without Cutting: A Critical Appraisal of Anti-FGM Laws in Europe

Dr. Maria Caterina La BarberaORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2065-6686
Published Online: 2017-03-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/gj-2016-0012


This article focuses on anti-FGM laws aiming at eliminating gender-based violence. It uses intersectionality to question the underlying conceptualization of gender-based violence, and examines how the problem is represented, and which solutions have been proposed by French, British and Italian laws, showing their inconsistencies and biases. It also considers silenced dissenting voices by focusing on the proposal of “circumcision without cutting”. The main goal is to uncover how anti-FGM laws generate new forms of vulnerability for African descent women in Europe, calling for a more complex articulation of gender at the intersection with migration status, ethnicity and neo-colonial relations.

Keywords: anti-FGM laws; body modifications; intersectionality; female genital mutilation; gender-based violence


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Published Online: 2017-03-08

Citation Information: Global Jurist, Volume 17, Issue 2, 20160012, ISSN (Online) 1934-2640, ISSN (Print) 2194-5675, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/gj-2016-0012.

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