But the researchers said they had not had access to bases staffed by soldiers from other countries and believed the problem was widespread.He said the mission was in the process of appointing two conduct and disciplinary officers and a women's protection officer, as well as setting up a 'more robust and confidential reporting mechanism' for victims of misconduct.
Many issues have been identified across these themes, e.g., distrust of the Dutch health care system or being embarrassed to get Pap smears due to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and having a Dutch, male practitioner; or a perceived low susceptibility to HPV and cancer because of the religious norms that prohibit sex before marriage.
Minnesota Somalis are setting out to end an ancient custom intended to keep girls virginal and marriageable.
In Minneapolis, Fartun Weli enlists a congressman to condemn female genital cutting in a You Tube video. Paul, Imam Hassan Mohamud advises families against flying daughters to Africa for the ritual.
Teachers can provide culturally sensitive information to young Somali women in schools.
For Somali mothers, oral education (e.g., poetry or theater) about the Dutch health care system and men’s roles in HPV transmission may be useful.
Participation in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and Papanicolaou Screening (Pap smears) is low among ethnic minorities in the Netherlands and hardly any information is available about the cervical cancer prevention methods of Somali women living in the diaspora.