Amsterdam, the Netherlands – AWEPA welcomes a new law aimed at combating violence against women and girls, passed by the National Transitional Council in Burkina Faso before the recent crisis.
The legislation outlaws all forms of violence against women, including physical, sexual, psychological, economic and cultural violence, and provides for systems to support and protect victims. Courts will have the power to jail or fine perpetrators.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union has been working for a number of years to support MPs and civil society in Burkina Faso in their efforts to combat violence against women, including raising awareness and providing expertise on legal reforms.
In the framework of its programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), AWEPA has been working to support parliamentarians in Burkina Faso, including proposing the drafting of a law against FGM/C or, more generally, violence against women.
More than a third of the Burkina Faso’s female population is believed to experience physical violence, mostly committed by spouses or other family members. Many girls are married before the age of 18, some still undergo FGM/C, and a significant number of elderly or widowed women are victims of mistreatment and exclusion.