Pharos: A new study on FGM/C in the Netherlands

Pharos recently presented the findings of a new study on FGM/C in the Netherlands.

The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of FGM/C in the Netherlands and to estimate the number of girls at risk of FGM/C. National population-based survey data regarding FGM/C prevalence were applied to females living in the Netherlands who migrated from countries where FGM/C is practised. On January 1st 2018, there were 95,588 female immigrants residing in the Netherlands, originating from 29 countries where FGM/C is practiced. An estimated 41,000 (43%) women have undergone FGM/C. Of these women, an estimated 15,000 (37%) women have undergone FGM/C type III (infibulation). In total 4,190 girls are estimated to be at risk of FGM/C in the next 20 years. The findings of this study will aid the development of strategies and policies to prevent FGM/C and to provide adequate services and support for those affected by FGM/C in the Netherlands.

A report, infographic and videographic have been produced as information material (in Dutch, English subtitles for the videographic expected soon). An article in English is expected to be published later this year.