My Ph.D. thesis entitled “Empty Promises? —Compliance with the Human Rights Framework in relation to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Senegal” focuses on FGM/C from a human rights law perspective.
Despite the multiple legal and human rights frameworks addressing FGM/C, the practice remains widespread in many countries. This raises the question about the impact and effectiveness of the different governmental actions and policies on the ground.
For my interdisciplinary research —involving law, political science, and anthropology— I spent five months in Senegal interviewing various experts on FGM/C, government officials, representatives of international organizations, NGO’s and activists.
Download a summary of my Ph.D. research in English