The overall aim of this study is to:
- Explore the perceptions, experiences and attitudes of female genital cutting among Kurdish migrants in Norway
To achieve this aim, the study has the following research questions:
- How is female genital cutting negotiated in the Kurdish freedom and women’s liberation struggle?
- How are silences of female genital cutting negotiated between daughters and mothers, and between women and men? How do perceptions of female sexuality elaborate on these silences?
- How is the conceptualization of the condemnation of female genital cutting reflected in the questioing of the tolerance of male circumcision?
It is envisaged that this study will contribute to broaden the debate of female genital cutting in general and of female genital cutting among exile communities in particular. Furthermore, the project should be useful for planning future interventions of female genital cutting in exile communities.
The project has an explorative and flexible design. The research project employs qualitative research methods including in-depth interviews, group interviews and participant observation.