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Research projects

In the past years, I was involved in various research projects, including for the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Scientific Research and Documentation Center (WODC) of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice and Victim Support the Netherlands (Slachtofferhulp Nederland). Below you’ll find more information in relation to two of these studies which related to the topic Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). 


1. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

In 2013, I was invited by the UNFPA in New York to write a paper about the implementation of the international and regional human rights framework for the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation. Together with Nafissatou J. Diop  (Coordinator UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C: Accelerating Change) and Rene Desiderio (Research Fellow, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University), we conducted this research while focusing on five African countries, including Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Senegal. This paper is available in English and French.

Dia12. European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

In 2012, EIGE launched a ‘Study to map the current situation and trends of female genital mutilation in 27 EU Member States (MS) and Croatia’ at the request of EU Commissioner Viviane Reding. It was the first EU-wide study on the practice Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. The outcome of the project is a report, that aims to support policy makers and all relevant institutions by providing them with reliable and comparable data for evidence-based actions and policy improvement in the area of FGM/C. The report also provides recommendations on how to protect and support girls and women who have undergone the practice. This report is available in English. The country fact sheets that were developed for each EU country are available here. These fact sheets include information on the legal framework, policy framework and prevalence of FGM/C in the respective countries.

"Her in depth knowledge of international law, human rights law and female genital mutilation in particular, has resulted in wonderful publications

- Prof.dr. Rianne Letschert, professor victimology and international law at the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT)"