Estimation of Girls at Risk of Female Genital Mutilation in selected European Member States

In 2014, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) commissioned this study to Yellow Window. The study aimed at:

  • updating the research findings from the earlier study that Yellow Window performed on this subject (2011-2012)
  • developing a methodology for estimating the number of girls at risk of FGM in a European context
  • estimating the number of girls at risk of FGM in selected EU Member States: Ireland, Portugal and Sweden

To disseminate the results of the study, both a step-by-step guide and a report were produced. The step by step guide sets out the minimum requirements for estimating FGM risk, as well as suggestions to enhance the quality and accuracy of the assessment. On the one hand, the guide aims to be a practical support for those  who wantto estimate the risk of FGM in a region or a country within the EU. On the other, the report aims to support policy makers and relevant institutions by providing them with reliable and comparable data for evidence-based actions and policy improvement in the area of FGM. It also provides recommendations on how to protect girls and women from this harmful practice and to give sufficient support to the victims.