UNHCR’s 6-part video series Too Much Pain: The voices of refugee women tells the stories of FGM-affected refugee women engaged to end the practice, explaining their experience of flight, asylum and integration in the EU.

Watch Part 5 of the series addressing the need for age- and gender-sensitive reception systems, in which a refugee woman visits the asylum centre where she was accommodated during the asylum procedure and talks to her social worker.

Answer the following questions using what you have learned so far.

1. Which types of need must asylum reception systems meet in the context of FGM-affected women and girls?
2. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they understand information on asylum procedures.
3. If more information about FGM as gender-specific persecution is needed, the applicant can be invited for additional interview(s).
4. Because the interpreter’s beliefs and values may bias interpretation, a key principle of gender-sensitive interviewing is to preserve the neutral and defined role of the interpreter, ensuring that FGM is properly considered as grounds for asylum.
5. The applicant cannot be informed of the interview process or speak to the interpreter informally.