In achieving the SDG’s the participation of girls is essential. Their equality and empowerment is both an objective, as well as part of the solution: with their newly acquired knowledge they help themselves, as well as each other and their communities. Through their individual empowerment and granting equal opportunities, more equality is generated.
The relationship between legislation, human rights and positive social change manifested in the abandonment of female genital mutilation/circumcision remains complex. History and experience has shown that law alone cannot change social behavior.