Female genital mutilation (FGM) Awareness and perceptions of Somali men in the Helsinki region, Finland
Honour Based Violence
12 Feb 2021
This study looks at Finnish Somali men’s awareness and perceptions of female genital mutilation (FGM). It is based on qualitative data consisting of interviews with 29 Finnish Somali men living in the Helsinki region, Finland.
This introductory chapter presents the definition, types and prevalence of FGM both globally and specifically in Finland. The background, aims, methods and data of the study are also presented in this chapter.
Chapter two discusses men’s awareness of FGM and the consequences of FGM to women and girls as well as men’s perception of the effects that these consequences may have on sexual life. In addition, the participants’ knowledge regarding legislation related to FGM is discussed.
Chapter three presents men’s perceptions of FGM, the changes in their attitudes towards FGM and the possible role of FGM when thinking about marriage.
Chapter four discusses men’s perceptions of their role in tackling FGM in their family and kin networks as well as in the society on a more general level.
Finally, chapter five presents the findings of the study as well as the recommendations based on these findings.