CASE STUDY: Burkina Faso – 24-hour Hotline and Education
In 1990, a presidential decree established the National Committee against Excision (CNLPE), administered by the Ministry for Social Action and the Family. Since then, CNLPE has set up a 24-hour hotline for reporting FGM that has already occurred or is likely to occur. The hotline is accessible in rural areas as well as urban areas. In cases where FGM has occurred, the parents and the practitioner are served notice to report to police, who have been trained and instructed to actively prevent FGM and arrest those who practice it. In cases where FGM is likely to occur, CNLPE educates the family about the harmful consequences and illegality of FGM.
The government has also established a clinic specifically for women suffering from FGM-related complications, and another that provides clitoral repair services for FGM survivors. (See: Protecting Girls from Female Genital Mutilation and Harmful Practices: Challenges and Opportunities for Legal Intervention in Africa – Report of a Regional Workshop, Nairobi, 24-28 July 2006, p. 21. (Hereinafter Nairobi Regional Workshop))
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