Contact person:
Camilla Palm
Responsible at Malmö University:
Sara Johnsdotter
  • Birgitta Essén - Uppsala universitet
Time frame:
01 January 2016 - 30 June 2022
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About the project

Focus of the research project is to investigate discourses on sexuality and female genital cutting among Swedish Somali young women, and to relate these discourses to the dominant public discourse in the Swedish society. Methods include qualitative interviews and focus group discussions with young, unmarried women. Since the Somalis are the largest group in Sweden of immigrants from a country practicing female genital cutting, it can be expected that young Swedish Somali women are familiar with the practice. The study is exploratory and will start off with focus group discussions in order to identify relevant themes, to be followed by individual interviews in which the themes are further elaborated and contextualised by the interviewees.

The school healthcare sector is a key arena when it comes to discourses on sexuality in relation to female genital cutting. School nurses will be interviewed about their perceptions and knowledge of female genital cutting.