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Charlotte Proudman

Charlotte is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on the role of law in changing harmful social and cultural practices against women and girls, specifically female genital mutilation (FGM) in England and Wales.

Despite criminalising FGM in 1985, there has not been one successful prosecution for the practice. Charlotte is researching the extent to which the law has changed the behaviours, attitudes and beliefs of FGM-practising community members and professionals responsible for designing and enforcing the law in England and Wales.

Keen to ground theoretical debate in women’s lived experiences, Charlotte’s empirical research involves qualitative semi-structured interviews with FGM-practising community members and professionals.

Charlotte’s interest in FGM stems from practising as a barrister in human rights law. She has also worked with the Bar Human Rights Committee in England and Wales working group on FGM, drafting written evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on FGM. The government introduced two of the working group’s recommendations: FGM Protection Orders, and an anti-FGM unit. Furthermore, Charlotte worked with the Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in drafting legislation relating to FGM for the Serious Crime Act 2015.

  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Supervisor: Dr Manali Desai in the Department of Sociology and Dr Stephanie Palmer in the Law Faculty
  • College: Kings
  • Thesis Title:The role of law in changing harmful social and cultural practices against women and girls, specifically female genital mutilation in England and Wales