Emmanuelle Gareau is launching her doctoral project on women who have undergone female genital cutting

Doctoral candidate in public health (University of Montreal) and Qollab student Emmanuelle Gareau is launching her doctoral project to explore how women who have undergone female genital cutting, circumcision or mutilation (FGC/M) living in Canada experience their sexuality. The goal of this qualitative study is to better understand their perspectives on their sexual health from a sex-positive approach. The results will inform practices and interventions to promote the sexual health of women who have undergone FGC/M.

FGC/M are usually defined as alterations of the female external genitalia for non-medical reasons. FGC/M have been studied from several perspectives, particularly from a biomedical standpoint. Nevertheless, in addition to the physiological consequences of FGC/M on sexual function, sexual health and its different dimensions (relational, psychoaffective, sociocultural, moral and biological) remain, at present, poorly addressed, especially among women residing in the West. Considering the increased migration to Western countries, FGC/M are now considered as a public health issue in the West.

Women with FGC/M living in Canada are invited to participate in a confidential one-on-one interview of a maximum duration of 90 minutes, either on Zoom or by phone. The interview will be conducted in an atmosphere of respect, kindness, and non-judgment. A financial compensation of $45 is provided.

To participate or for more information, contact Emmanuelle Gareau at [email protected] or 514 994-7081