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Minister for Children and Gender Equality Karita Bekkemelem believes openness and public debate are of great importance for the fight against genital mutilation.


The government has announced a stronger effort against genital mutilation this summer, but you still do not want to go into forced health check, why not?

- There are different views here and the question has not yet been addressed by the Government. However, the government has announced that this is one of the issues we will now consider. Regardless of what one might think about health examinations, there is broad agreement on a number of other measures that have been initiated this summer. I mention, among other things, the stand at Gardermoen, a separate summer-open telephone line, open health stations throughout the summer and a separate campaign aimed at the target group.

Does it hold up with attitude campaigns and threats of police reporting? – Both the immediate measures that have been launched and the new action plan that comes this autumn contain several types of measures, of which attitude campaigns are a type of measure. I think we must have a great breadth in the measures to achieve the goals of the work. The openness and the public discussion we are experiencing now I think is of great importance. The measures are concentrated on the Somali environment in Norway, which other groups do you want to work towards? – When it comes to immigrants from Africa, Somalis make up. . .

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