Country Eritrea
Year 2007
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)

Brief Description

To confront female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C), the Government outlawed this practice by Proclamation 158/2007, The Female Circumcision Abolition Proclamation.  The National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW), an organization that was mandated by the Government of Eritrea to oversee the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women (CEDAW), collaborated with other partners to culminate the enactment of Proclamation 158/2007. A community based enforcement committee has taken 144 perpetuators to court over the 4 year period before 2007.

Source of Information

A/HRC/WG.6/18/ERI/I para. 36, and CEDAW/C/ERI/5 para. 83


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