In 2015, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) developed and published the first step-by-step guide to estimate the number of girls at risk of female genital mutilation in the European Union. The methodology extrapolates prevalence data from countries where FGM is practiced to migrant girls living in the European Union, through a mixed-method approach. In 2017, a new study was commissioned by EIGE, to expand the methodology to other Member States. During the process, the compilation of more recent research findings, as well as data collected in the study itself, allowed for the identification of challenges to the original methodology and the development of strategies to overcome them.
This second edition of the step-by-step guide presents the updated methodology, refined to be more accurate and robust. The guide aims to be a practical support for those appointed to the task of estimating the risk of FGM in a region or a country within the EU.