Topic: Violence and abuse

National FGM/C Conference: current status and the way forward

The Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS) had the national competence function on FGM/C in 8 years. On the 22nd and 23rd of September 2016, a national conference on FGM/C was arranged by the FGM/C research team at NKVTS in collaboration with the Directorate of Health.

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Main objective

The main purpose of the conference was to summarize knowledge on FGM/C in Norway under the current action plan. What have we learned from research and from the practice field? Are there any gaps in our knowledge? What new knowledge are necessary for further work?

Subsidiary objectives

The specific objective of the conference was to explore how we can use the existing knowledge to:

  • change attitudes towards FGM/C
  • ensure the provision of necessary physical and mental healthcare
  • ensure equitable services
  • promote better cooperation within the public services
  • ensure user participation


The structure of the  conference was a combination of research-based presentations as well as lessons learned from the practice field and the user groups. There were 33 presentations in total.

Further information

More information are available at the conference website ( Presentations from the conference were shared as pdf * Files with the 130 conference participants.