Steven Svoboda has accepted an invitation to speak regarding, “Genital Autonomy, Equal Protection, and the Law: A Story of Two Judicial Decisions Seventeen Years Apart” at the International Conference on Men’s Issues, to be held online instead of the original plan to hold it in Australia. He will overview our progress toward genuine gender equity in our treatment of genital cutting practices, as well as signs of optimism and potential barriers to our making further progress.

Steven will also discuss in detail two very different court decisions relating to the laws against female genital cutting in the US and in the UK. He discovered that the same judge was involved in 1) a federal class action circumcision case in which Steven was a lawyer in New York and then, seventeen years later, in 2) the case ruling that the federal law against female genital cutting (FGC) had to be invalidated because it was a matter reserved to the states by the federal Constitution. Steven will also mention two recent Swiss cases which as far as he knows are unknown to the general public and which his organization recently had translated to English.

The conference organizers will post the video presentation between November 14 and November 19 and make it publicly available. For information on the conference, please visit http://icmi2020.icmi.info/.