Norway: Government plans against female circumcision

The Norwegian government presented its plan to fight female circumcision, including the confiscation or refusal of issuing passports to parents or children when there is a suspicion a female child will be circumcised. In June of 2007, after it was revealed that Norwegian-African girls are sent to their homeland to be circumcised, the government presented a list of emergency measures. The current plan deals with six areas – effective maintaining of law, increased competence and knowledge, prevention and attitude change, accessible health care, intensified seasonal effort and increased international effort. Meanwhile, the Institute for Social Research (Institutt for samfunnsforskning) is working on documenting the extent and number of cases of female circumcision in Norway and girls living in the country. Once they know more, the government will decide about an obligatory examination of young girls to prevent female circumcision.