Supporting the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in the Context of Migration

Linked with Promouvoir l’Abandon des Mutilations Génitales Féminines dans le Contexte Migratoire. – Published on International Organization for Migration IOM, by IOM, not dated.

  • … What Makes FGM in Migrant Communities So Specific?
  • Because FGM is strongly linked to culture, it becomes an integration issue in addition to being a health and human rights issue. In situations where integration is difficult, it often results in a withdrawal into the community and sometimes stricter application or toughening of cultural practices to preserve the ethnic identity and to mark a distinction from the host society, especially when migrants are resettling in a receiving culture where women have more freedom of choice and expression. In this context, awareness-raising activities can easily be perceived as judgmental or morally offensive and result in negative reactions in migrant communities. 
  • In addition, access to proper services may be more difficult for migrants. Without even mentioning the impact of migrants’ legal status on their access to services, women who have undergone FGM have special health care needs and whether these needs can be met will depend largely on the awareness of the issue among health providers. The same applies for child welfare services, education, justice, police, politicians and media. (full long text).

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