Research projects

The core of my consultancy is doing research. Although I have a background is in academia, I mostly enjoy doing research for the United Nations, the European Union and civil society. In the past years, I was involved in various research projects, including for the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Scientific Research and Documentation Center (WODC) of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, Victim Support the Netherlands (Slachtofferhulp Nederland) and various NGOs around the globe. 

At this moment, I am working on a study for the London-based NGO Forward UK about FGM/C in Tanzania. Over the past 10 years, Tanzania made progress in reducing FGM/C and this study seeks to answer the question how this progress could be explained and to contribute to evidence on what has worked to achieve this. I cooperate for this study with a local consultant working for the consultancy firm Hodari Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. FGM/C is not only practiced in Africa, but also in Asia and the Middle East, including in Iran. I am currently also developing a research proposal focusing on FGM/C in the Kermanshah Province‌, together with a researcher from Iran. In addition, I also find it important to continue publishing in leading academic journals. In 2016, I published for example a (now very often quoted) article about FGM/C and asylum in EU in the International Journal of Refugee Law. You can find a link to this article in my list of publications.

UNFPA Publication on Legal Frameworks on FGM in Selected Countries in West Africa

At the 6th of February 2018, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM/C, UNFPA Regional Office for West and Central Africa (WCARO) published  a study I conducted for them in 2017. This report is an analysis of legal frameworks on FGM in several countries in West Africa (including Burkina Faso, the Gambia,...

UNFPA Publication on the Implementation of the Human Rights Framework for the Elimination of FGM

In 2013, I was invited by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in New York to write a report about the implementation of the international and regional human rights framework for the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Together with Dr. Nafissatou J. Diop (Coordinator UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C: Accelerating Change)...

EIGE Publication on FGM in the EU and Croatia

In 2012, EIGE launched a ‘Study to map the current situation and trends of female genital mutilation in 27 EU Member States (MS) and Croatia’ at the request of EU Commissioner Viviane Reding. It was the first EU-wide study on the practice Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. The outcome of the...

Her in depth knowledge of international law, human rights law and female genital mutilation in particular, has resulted in wonderful publications
Prof.dr. Rianne Letschert
Rector Magnificus Maastricht University