FGM in the European context – FOKO (Forskning om kvinnlig omskärelse) network meeting

Friday the 14th of October 2016, House of the Estates, Helsinki, Finland

Hosted by The Finnish League for Human Rights.

Chairperson for Sessions 1 & 2: PhD Reetta Toivanen, Chairperson, Board of Directors, Finnish League for Human Rights; Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki

Chairperson for Sessions 3 & 4: PhD Satu Lidman, Adjunct Professor, University of Turku; Researcher of gendered violence


9:00-10:40 Session 1: Surgical interventions for the treatment of FGM

9:00-9:15 Sølvi Taraldsen: Management of Women Who Have Undergone Female Genital Mutilation. An ongoing study in Norway

9:15-9:30 R. Elise B. Johansen: Virginity, virility and sexual pleasure – cultural values and implications for change in FGC practices

9:30-9:50 Discussion

9:50-10:05 Malin Jordal: Women’s motives and expectations of clitoral reconstructive surgery after female genital mutilation/cutting – a qualitative study in Sweden

10:05-10:20 Sara Johnsdotter: Reconstructive clitoral surgery in circumcised women

10:20-10:40 Discussion

10:40-11:30 Session 2: Change from within the community

10:40-10:55 Naana Otoo-Oyortey: “If you go into the Bondo Society, they will honour and respect you”: Participatory Research conducted in Freetown Sierra Leone

10:55-11:10 Maria Väkiparta: Men’s advocacy against FGM/C in Somaliland

11:10-11:30 Discussion

11:30-13:00 Lunch at Restaurant Piano (Rauhankatu 15)

13:00-14:45 Session 3: FGM prevalence estimates & Changing attitudes

13:00-13:15 Els Leye: FGM prevalence estimates: the need for baseline data to evaluate the impact of prevention

13:15-13:30 Vanja Berggren: Report from completed first Swedish government mission to elucidate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Sweden in almost 10 years

13:30-13:45 Reija Klemetti: Female genital mutilation/cutting in a population based cross-sectional survey in 2014-2015 in Finland

13:45-14:00 Discussion

14:00-14:15 Anna Wahlberg: Attitudes to female genital cutting after migration to a non-FGC-practicing country: when are interventions justified?

14:15-14:30 Camilla Larsson: Discourses on sexuality and female genital cutting – a study among young Somali women in Sweden

14:30-14:45 Discussion

14:45-15:15 Coffee break

15:15-16:30 Session 4: Issues within legal systems

15:15-15:30 Nazanin Gifani: The Code of Gender in Judgments of the European Court of Human rights: The Cases of Female Genital Mutilation

15:30-15:45 Dina Bader: The racialized understanding of ‘exhaustiveness’: the case of the Swiss Female Genital Mutilation Act

15:45-16:00 Inger-Lise Lien: FGM, the police and the juridical system

16:00-16:30 Discussion

16:30-17:00 Closing remarks, choosing of the next host