Sub-Regional Conference on the Elimination of Female Genital
"Towards a political and religious consensus against FGM"
Djibouti, 2-3 February 2005
Organised under the
Auspices of the First Lady of Djibouti, Mme Kadra Mahamoud Haid,
President of the National Union of Djibouti Women, and in
collaboration with all the Ministers most directly involved, the
conference is part of international "STOP FGM!" campaign for the
Ratification for the Maputo Protocol, launched in September 2004 by
NPWJ at the Nairobi Conference on "Developing a political, legal and
social environment to implement the Maputo Protocol".
FGM from islamic perspective
The Maputo Protocol,
adopted by the 53 Heads of States of the African Union on 11 July 2003
in Maputo, Mozambique, stipulates in Article 5 that FGM should be
prohibited and condemned. In order to enter into force, the Protocol
requires ratification by at least 15 States Parties of the African
The Conference is aimed
at facilitating the creation of an environment in Djibouti and in the
sub-region for the abandonment of FGM and at strengthening the
consensus against FGM already existing at the highest levels of the
Government and within some of the religious authorities. Through the
commitment and efforts of the Government of Djibouti, the conference
will provide an opportunity to showcase the impact of implementing
legislation to promote the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation.
Participants will include
the highest religious authorities at national and regional level, as
well as representatives of national and sub-regional governments,
parliaments and civil society, as well as representatives from other
African countries and from all countries with diplomatic presence in
the Republic of Djibouti.
The Conference will be
developed in two parallel sessions, the first as a reserved debate
between religious authorities and the second on the Maputo Protocol
and its implementation. The conclusions of both will be presented
during the plenary closing session, where the Government of Djibouti
will present their instrument of ratification of the Maputo Protocol
to a representative of the African Union.
speeches and other