Welcome to the 8th biannual FOKO Conference and network meeting!

13th and 14th October 2016, Helsinki, Finland

The FOKO (Forskning om kvinnlig omskärelse) network was established in 2001 to strengthen the cooperation between Nordic researchers of female genital mutilation and cutting. Over the years, the network has expanded to include other partners operating within the field of FGM/C. Every other year, a conference on FGM/C and a network meeting with presentations is organized in one of the Nordic countries.

In 2016 the conference and the meeting will take place in Helsinki, Finland and will form a part of the programme for the Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2016. The conference is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the City of Helsinki and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

This year’s conference will focus on FGM/C especially from the point of view of human rights and gender equality. The conference is open for anyone interested in the topic and its aim is to bring together and create dialogue between researchers, professionals, authorities, civil society organizations and politicians as well as men and women from migrant communities and diaspora with roots in countries where FGM/C is a very common practice.

The conference will offer the participants outstanding opportunities to listen to distinguished international keynote speakers, expand their professional network, and participate in current discussions regarding FGM/C.

Keynote speakers

Sahra Mohamed Ali Samatar
Ministry of Women & Human Rights Development, Somalia
Minister Sahra Mohamed Ali Samatar has taken a strong stance against FGM/C by working to put an end to FGM/C in Somalia and by raising awareness by publicly discussing the issue on multiple occasions.
Adriana Kaplan
Professor of Medical Anthropology, Executive Director of the Wassu-UAB Foundation
Universitat Autònoma UAB, Barcelona, Spain
Professor Kaplan is an internationally recognized researcher leading a project with two research stations in Gambia and Spain, developing an innovative and sustainable methodology to combat FGM/C.

FOKO network meeting

On the 14th of October 2016, there will be a meeting for the members of the FOKO network and other interested parties with presentations from various researchers and other experts. The meeting is an excellent opportunity to interact and create connections with Nordic researchers as well as to get acquainted with current research projects.

Registration and fees

All participants must register in advance by filling in an online form here. The registration fee has to be paid when registering for the conference.

A participant may register either for one day (Thursday the 13th, conference only) or for two days (Thursday the 13th and Friday the 14th, conference and FOKO network meeting).

The one-day registration fee will include admission to the conference including the entire program, coffees, and a hard copy of the conference program as well as the abstracts that will be discussed the following day.

The two-day fee will include all of the above as well as a reception and dinner hosted by the City of Helsinki on Thursday evening, accommodation for Thursday night (the conference organizers will take care of the hotel bookings), the opportunity to participate in the FOKO network meeting on Friday, and lunch and coffee on Friday.

The fees are as follows:

  • 2 days (conference & meeting, incl. accommodation) 200 €
  • 2 days (conference & meeting, no accommodation) 100 €
  • 1 day (conference only) 75 €
  • 1 day (conference only, price exclusively for students) 25 €


The conference will take place at Säätytalo (the House of the Estates) in central Helsinki. Säätytalo is located close to the Helsinki Cathedral and the exact address is Snellmaninkatu 9-11. Säätytalo is an accessible venue.


Helsinki is a beautiful, vibrant city and we warmly invite you to stay a couple of days to enjoy the charm of the Finnish capital. For more information, please visit the Visit Helsinki web page.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding the FOKO conference and/or the meeting, do not hesitate to contact us!

Johanna Latvala

Project Manager


+358 44 706 1447

Eerika Salminen

Conference Assistant


+358 44 740 4932



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