Genital mutilation in women


Researchers at Vrije Universiteit Brussel are bundling the contributions of participants at the second international academic seminar ‘Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting at the intersection of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research – Experiences from Africa and Europe’, that took place in Brussels in June of 2017. In light of the Day against Genital Mutilation of Women on February 6th, VUB wants to give this subject extra attention. VUBPRESS makes the e-book accessible on its website.

Researching female genital mutilation / cutting is a collection of both qualitative and quantitative research into genital mutilation in Europe and Africa. It is based on the various presentations at the international seminar on female mutilation that was held last June. The situation in countries like Belgium, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ireland, Mali, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Senegal, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom were examined. A crucial role is reserved for the research in the combat against genital mutilation and the text can prove useful to scientist, students and policy makers. Vrije Universiteit Brussel is currently the only Belgian university researching genital mutilation.

Els Leye is coordinator and postdoctoral researcher at RHEA, the Expertise Center for Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality at VUB, and also postdoctoral staff member at the International Centre for Reproductive Health at Ghent University. She is the author of multiple publications in (inter)national journals and she is a cofounder and board member of La Palabre, an NGO active in Senegal on the topic of genital cutting and sexual and reproductive health.

Gily Coene is director at RHEA and teaches various courses at VUB, including ‘Overzicht van het feministisch denken’, ‘Inleiding tot de vrouwen- en genderstudies’, ‘Filosofie en ethiek van de seksualiteit’.


The publication is accessible free of charge on the VUBPRESS website on the following link:


Title: Researching female genital mutilation / cutting

Authors: Els Leye & Gily Coene

Publisher: VUBPRESS

VUBPRESS is an imprint of ASP nv (Academic & Scientific Publishers)

In collaboration with RHEA, the European Commission, VUB and MAP-FGM

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