Committed to furthering social and legal justice, Charlotte has undertaken legal consultancy work, writing reports, and conducting research for organisations about female genital mutilation, forced marriage, prostitution, and other women’s rights issues. Charlotte is available to undertake research and write reports about legal matters within her areas of expertise.
Charlotte has been invited by the Gender Equality Unit of the Council of Europe based in Strasbourg to write a report on the role of new media to advance gender equality. Charlotte will make recommendations about how to improve the international/national legal and policy frameworks to combat sexism, including sexist hate speech online and offline.
As a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Cambridge researching female genital mutilation (FGM) law and policy in the UK, Charlotte is an expert in FGM.
Charlotte was invited by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to draft a report for sister organisations and lawyers about FGM legislation in the UK, and the Commonwealth. The report is available here.
As a member of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales working group on FGM, Charlotte assisted in compiling written evidence for The House of Commons, Home Affairs Committee on FGM. The report advised that the UK is in breach of its international legal obligations in failing to protect vulnerable girls from FGM. Two of our key recommendations were adopted by the government, the introduction of FGM Protection Orders, and a national FGM unit.
The Committee also submitted written evidence to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in preparation for the March 2015 session of the Human Rights theme, “Towards a better investment in the rights of the child”. The report submitted recommends the introduction of a range of measures designed to protect children from FGM internationally.
Charlotte worked with the Shadow Minister for Violence Against Women and Girls in early 2015. She assisted with drafting FGM legislation for the Serious Crime Act 2015 (then the Serious Crime Bill 2015) and speeches recorded in Hansard.
As a member of the Nordic Model Information Network, Charlotte signed a submission to the consultation on the Prostitution Law Reform (Scotland) Bill, and a submission to the Home Affairs Committee Prostitution Inquiry along with 51 academics supporting the Nordic Model of prostitution, which criminalises buyers of sex, decriminalises prostituted women, and provides exit strategies for women.