FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION - More countries need to be included in clinical health promotion
A total of about 150 000 girls and women, born in, or with both parents (or mother) from, one of the 29 countries listed by EIGE (European Institute for Gender Equality) are registered in Sweden. These 29 countries are listed as high risk for female genital mutilation by EU and UNICEF and therefore recommended to be included when estimating national risk.
- We would like the Swedish national estimation to have a broader perspective and include more countries than today, says Vanja Berggren project coordinator. Since many years our Nordic neighbouring countries include more listed countries for example from the Middle East. That would have an important impact on the Clinical Health promoting work in Sweden.
Full information will be official after publication in an international scientific journal during 2017. Details about how the figures were calculated, countries included and references will be provided. This project was granted by The Swedish Crime Victim Authority (Brottsoffermyndigheten).
For more information; Estimation of girls at risk of female genital mutilation in the European Union, EIGE, 2015. http://eige.europa.eu
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Vanja Berggren, Associate Professor Public Health
WHO-CC/Clinical Health Promotion Centre, Medical Faculty, Lund University, Sweden