Topic: Violence and abuse

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in a gender and family perspective

To get an understanding of Gambian men's and women 's attitude towards genital mutilation through their personal experiences,

 
2014 This project has been completed 2016

Project Manager

Main objective

The aim is to get an understanding of Gambian men’s and women ‘s attitude towards genital mutilation through their personal experiences in daily life and sexuality.    

Do men perceive any difference between a woman with or without FGM/C when it comes to sexuality? If so, how do men understand and interpret the impact of FGM/C?  Will their personal sexual experience have an influence on their attitude to the practice?  Is there a mismatch between sexual scripts and personal experience when it comes to FGM/C?

Method

Qualitative interviews of fifty Gambian males, Mandinka and Wolof and eight Mandinka women

Publications

Lien, I. L. (2017). The perspectives of Gambian men on the sexuality of cut and uncut women. Sexualities, 20(5-6), 521-534. doi:10.1177/1363460716675142

Lien, I. L., & Schultz, J. H. (2014). Interpreting Signs of Female Genital Mutilation Within a Risky Legal Framework. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 28(2), 194-211. doi:10.1093/lawfam/ebu002

Schultz, J. H., & Lien, I. L. (2014). Cultural protection against traumatic stress: traditional support of children exposed to the ritual of female genital cutting. International Journal of Women’s Health, 2014(6), 207-219. doi:10.2147/IJWH.S51988

Hauge, M. I. (2013). Research with young people on female circumcision: Negotiating Cultural sensitivity, Law and transparency. In K. t. Riele & R. Brooks (Eds.) Negotiating ethical challenges in youth research (pp. 137-148). Routledge.

Lien, I. L., & Schultz, J. H. (2013). Internalizing Knowledge and Changing Attitudes to Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation. Obstetrics and Gynecology International, 2013(467028), 1-10. doi:10.1155/2013/467028

Schultz, J. H., & Lien, I. L. (2013). Meaning-making of female genital cutting: Children’s perception and acquired knowledge of the ritual. International Journal of Women’s Health, 5, 165-175. doi:10.2147/IJWH.S40447

Hauge, M. I. (2012). ”Vi snakker om mensen og sånn, men ikke omskjæring”: Omskjæring som tema blant jenter med minoritetsbakgrunn. Norsk pedagogisk tidsskrift, 4(12), 305-316.

Lien, I. L., Schultz, J. H., & Borgen, G. (2012). Intervensjon mot kjønnslemlestelse: Erfaringer fra tilbudet “Samtaler og frivillige underlivsundersøkelser” [Female genital cutting/mutilation- An intervention: Experiences from «Open dialogue and external pelvic examinations»] Norwegian only. Oslo: Nasjonalt kunnskapssenter om vold og traumatisk stress. (Rapport 2/2012).

Jonassen, W., & Saur, R. (2011). Arbeid med kjønnslemlestelse i Norge. En kartlegging [Combating female genital mutilation in Norway- A survey] Norwegian only. Oslo: Nasjonalt kunnskapssenter om vold og traumatisk stress. (Rapport 1/2011).