Finland begins collecting data on female genital cutting

Research from the National Institute for Health and Welfare suggests that there are 10,000 women and girls living in Finland who have undergone genital cutting -- and a further 3,000 are likely to.

Tabatha Leggett
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Why this story matters:

As Finland becomes home to more women who have undergone genital cutting, it is important that it collects data on the number of women who have undergone the procedure.

This information will help ensure that social and healthcare professionals are properly trained in how to treat these women, especially when they give birth.

Midwife Ulla Karhu, from the Metropolia University of Applied Science, says that training in how to deliver the babies of women who have undergone genital cutting has previously been too theoretical and sporadic. 

Details from the story:

  • The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has revealed that there are 3,000 girls living in Finland who are likely to undergo genital cutting.
  • Their research also suggests that Finland is home to around 10,000 girls and women who have previously undergone the procedure.
  • According to the Human Rights Association, most of the women living in Finland who have undergone female genital cutting immigrated from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Kurdish regions.
  • Until now, data on female genital cutting in Finland has not been collected properly. However, in 2016, hospitals started to collect data from women in maternity wards. Additionally, a nationwide healthcare survey of girls will be conducted next year. 
  • THL is also starting to provide training to healthcare professionals so that, for example, midwives are properly trained in how to deliver babies from women who have undergone female genital cutting.
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