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Drexel: Dornsife Researchers Help Develop New Evaluation Tool to Measure Changes in Social Norms Around Female Genital Mutilation

A new framework that measures, tracks and evaluates changes in social norms related to female genital mutilation (FGM), known as the ACT Framework, has been implemented in Guinea and Ethiopia. Researchers from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, including Dr. Suruchi Sood, associate professor of community health and prevention, developed this framework in partnership with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and consulted experts around the world.

According to UNICEF, an estimated 3 million girls in various parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia continue to be subjected to FGM and 200 million girls and women worldwide have been affected by FGM. In some cases, FGM can result in prolonged bleeding, infection, infertility, and even death. The need for action is crucial.

The ACT Framework considers the many challenges in collecting accurate and valid data on FGM. The framework provides a macro-level implementation plan, based on leading research in social norms, that is accessible and practical for program planners. The tools and methods provided in the framework can be adapted to local contexts.

Once the data from Guinea and Ethiopia is validated and additional expert consultation takes place, researchers hope to share the ACT Framework globally.

Learn more about the ACT Framework.

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