The last prevalence study focused on the situation as of December 31, 2012. It had shown a doubling of prevalence in 5 years with an estimate of 13,112 girls and women already undergone FGM and 4,084 at risk (5).
These past two years, the Belgium had to deal with a migration crisis with an influx of Iraqi and Syrian families and African families from Somalia and Eritrea, countries with a high prevalence of FGM. A new study is needed to update the data that will better target the actions of the services involved in the protection of girls and the support of women already affected by FGM.
The contents of this book, written by Seydou Niang as a part of the Men Speak Out project, and produced with financial backing of the Daphne Programme of the European Union, are based on facts inspired by real-life situations. The aim is to enable both professionals and the public to learn methods of addressing the question of FGM with the communities concerned.
Kadra Fahra is a community facilitator at GAMS Belgium. She was a volunteer for almost 3 years and became an employee at the beginning of 2016.
« When I was seven years old, I asked to be cut, I wanted to be like the other girls »
MEN SPEAK OUT PROJECT RESEARCH : “Men have a role to play but they don’t play it” : A mixed methods study exploring men’s involvement in Female Genital Mutilation in Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom
O’Neill S., Dubourg. D, Florquin S., Bos M., Zewolde S., Richard F.
PRELIMINARY RESULTS – 8 DECEMBER 2016
WHO guidelines on the management of health complications from female genital mutilation “These guidelines are intended primarily for health-care professionals involved in the care of girls and women who have been subjected to any form of female genital mutilation (FGM).…