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Ending FGM: The Role of Laws, Education and Social Norms

February 1, 2018

Preston Auditorium, World Bank, Washington DC




  • Recent World Bank analysis demonstrates that FGM can be reduced, particularly when mothers are better educated and not forced into child marriages.  Speakers will explore the kind of interventions necessary to further reduce and end the practice. Recent legislation banning FGM in countries where it is prevalent is a major step forward. Although, the practice continues,  the analysis strongly suggests that much more intensive investments in girls (including ending child marriage and improving education) are urgently needed.

    Sponsored by the Legal Vice Presidency, Gender-Based Violence Thematic Group, Gender Group, and Education Global Practice of the World Bank Group, “Ending FGM”  is a component of the analytical work benefiting from the support of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and the Global Partnership for Education.


  • Agenda in pdf


    1:30 pm -- Introductory Remarks

    • Caren Grown, Senior Director, Gender, World Bank Group
    • Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel, World Bank

    2:00 pm -- Presentation of the Compendium of International and National Legal Frameworks on FGM

    • Isabella Micali Drossos, Senior Counsel, World Bank

    2:15 pm -- Can We End the Practice within a Generation?

    Discussion Panel and Short Presentations by: 

    • Quentin Wodon, Lead Economist, World Bank (Powerpoint presentation)
    • Molly Melching, Founder and CEO, Tostan Senegal (via teleconference from Dakar)                            
    • Tshiya Subayi, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank (Powerpoint presentation)

    3:00 pm -- Introduction to the exhibition, “The Face of Defiance”, a global photography project celebrating activists and survivors of FGM & sexual violence

    • Susan Gibbs, Advisor, Wallace Global Fund

    (Coffee Break)

    3:30 pm -- Screening of Jaha’s Promise — Watch the Trailer

    Jaha’s Promise tells the story of a young woman who returns home to campaign against the brutal practices that almost destroyed her life. 

    5:00-5:30 pm -- Discussion with Jaha

    • Jaha Dukureh, Founder, Safe Hands for Girls, and Protagonist of the documentary “Jaha’s Promise”
  • External Participants — Please Register Here by Monday January 29, 2018 Midnight Eastern Standard Time

    Registered Attendees are invited to use the World Bank Visitor Entrance on 700 18th Street, NW, Washington DC. Please indicate to the Visitor Desk Officer that you are attending the End FGM event and present your Photo ID to get your visitor pass issued. Once you pass the ID scanner, proceed straight ahead to the Preston Auditorium.


  • Date and Time: February 1, 2018, 1:30-5:30pm
  • Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank, Washington DC
  • CONTACT: Dolie Schein
  • dschein@worldbank.org