MILESTONES / PROMISING PRACTICES – SV

1979. Sweden first country to outlaw all forms of corporal punishment of children.

1982. FGM criminalised in Sweden

1994. Riksföreningen stoppa kvinnlig könsstympning (RISK), Sweden’s national association to end FGM, established

1998. FGM carried out by Swedish citizens abroad criminalised

1998. Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) tasked with developing and disseminating initiatives aimed at prevention of FGM in Sweden

2005. County Administrative Board of Östergötland (Länsstyrelsen Östergötland) tasked with prevention of honour-related violence and oppression

2005. Desert Flower Foundation Scandinavia established

2013. County Administrative Board of Östergötland (Länsstyrelsen Östergötland) commissioned to assess efforts by Swedish public authorities to prevent FGM

2013. RISK partners Terre des Femmes in two-year EU project, CHANGE, to promote behavioural change in FGM-practising communities in Europe

2015. First clitoris reconstruction in Sweden, carried out by Dr Hannes Sigurjónsson at Karolinska University Hospital

2015. Guidance for professionals published by County Administrative Board of Östergötland (Länsstyrelsen Östergötland

2015. Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) publishes final report on its initiatives to prevent FGM

2016. Female Integrity (Uppsala chapter of RISK) educates communication professionals about FGM

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