Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Reform of the Organic Law in Spain

Wassu-UAB Foundation supports the existence of a law that punishes Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) extraterritorially, but that explicitly excludes girls who arrive to Spain after having already undergone FGM/C in their countries of origin.

In regards to the Government’s reform proposal of the organic law of the Judiciary Act to reduce to a minimum the so called “law of universal justice”, Wassu-UAB Foundation, Observatory for the prevention of FGM/C at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), considers that the Spanish legislation should keep on punishing FGM/C extraterritorially.

Likewise, it is highlighted that the legislation should make explicit that it will not punish the families of the girls who come from their country of origin after having already undergone FGM/C, that is, those girls born in Africa and under the family reunification scheme. The legislation should be aimed at the girls living in Spain that are at risk of undergoing FGM/C when travelling to their countries of origin.

Wassu-UAB Foundation considers that the legislation will not replace the preventive work conducted by the primary health care services, educative institutions and social services. However, legislation is needed in order to provide an appropriate framework for the development of an efficient and effective preventive work. To this end, the administrations should invest in the training of the professionals working in these privileged areas for prevention.