Ms Els Leye

Assistant Professor

Els

Els Leye is assistant professor attached to the International Centre for Reproductive Health at the Ghent University. She holds a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Welfare Studies and obtained her PhD in Comparative Sciences of Culture at the Ghent University in 2008, on the topic of female genital mutilation in Europe. She has a year-long expertise in the field of harmful cultural practices, and more specifically female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriages and honour related violence. She is currently coordinator of the Focal Programme on Harmful Cultural Practices at the International Centre for Reproductive Health. She was co-founder and board member of the European Network for the Prevention of Harmful Traditional Practices from 2005 to 2009. She is co-founder and member of the board of the association La Palabre, which is establishing a refuge for vulnerable children and women in Senegal. She’s a member of the advisory board of the END FGM European Campaign and performed several consultancies, among others for several UN agencies and technical cooperations of Belgium and Germany. She was one of the principal investigators of the Study for the European Institute for Gender Equality, to map FGM in the EU (2012), and has many publications on her name on the topic of female genital mutilation and other harmful practices.

Publications of Els

2020 Towards a better estimation of prevalence of female genital mutilation in the European Union : a situation analysis

Lotte De Schrijver, Els Leye

2020 Transforming social norms to end FGM in the EU : an evaluation of the REPLACE Approach

Els Leye

2019 Debating medicalization of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) : learning from (policy) experiences across countries

Els Leye

2019 The association between women’s social position and the medicalization of female genital cutting in Egypt

Els Leye

2019 Evaluation of a school based comprehensive sexuality education program among very young adolescents in rural Uganda

Els Leye, Kristien Michielsen

2019 Process evaluation of a comprehensive sexuality education intervention in primary schools in South Western Uganda

Els Leye, Kristien Michielsen

2019 Process evaluation of a comprehensive sexuality education intervention in primary schools in South Western Uganda

Els Leye, Kristien Michielsen

2019 Marriage and migration : Moroccan women’s views on partner choice, arranged and forced marriage in Belgium

Els Leye

2019 The practice of female genital mutilation across the world : data availability and approaches to measurement

Els Leye

2018 'Doing hymen reconstruction' : an analysis of perceptions and experiences of Flemish gynaecologists

Els Leye, Emilomo Ogbe

2018 'Girls have more challenges; they need to be locked up' : a qualitative study of gender norms and the sexuality of young adolescents in Uganda

Els Leye, Kristien Michielsen

2018 Adolescents' sexual wellbeing in Southwestern Uganda : a cross-sectional assessment of body image, self-esteem and gender equitable norms

Els Leye, Kristien Michielsen

2018 Sexual health of very young adolescents in South Western Uganda : a cross-sectional assessment of sexual knowledge and behavior

Els Leye, Kristien Michielsen

2018 Female genital mutilation/cutting in Italy : an enhanced estimation for first generation migrant women based on 2016 survey data

Els Leye

2018 Health sector involvement in the management of female genital mutilation/cutting in 30 countries

Els Leye

2017 Assessing sexual health of very young adolescents in SW Uganda

Olivier Degomme, Els Leye, Kristien Michielsen

2017 Implementation of sexuality education policies in Uganda : obstacles and challenges

Els Leye, Kristien Michielsen

2017 Changing practices and shifting meanings of female genital cutting among the Maasai of Arusha and Manyara regions of Tanzania

Els Leye

2017 Female genital cutting in Egypt : drivers and potential responses

Els Leye

2017 The association between women's social status and the medicalisation of female genital cutting in Egypt

Els Leye

Projects of Els

Adolescent and youth health Reproductive rights Sexual health and wellbeing

Improving Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health through a Participatory Parent-Child Communication Intervention in Uganda

Uganda has a very young population and its sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes - including teen-age pregnancies and HIV prevalence - remain among the poorest worldwide.


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HIV & AIDS Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Adolescent and youth health Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Interpersonal violence Mother and child health Reproductive rights Family planning and contraception Gender Migrant health Policy analysis

Academic network for sexual and reproductive health and rights policy (ANSER)

Ghent University established an Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy that aims to become a global resource for SRHR policy research, education and service delivery by establishing an international platform for research on SRHR policy related topics; by developing a portfolio of education and training programmes on SRHR policy; and by fostering interaction between SRHR researchers and policy makers.


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Interpersonal violence Sexual health and wellbeing

Household survey on interpersonal violence and well-being in Brussels (VAW-study Brussels)

This project is a policy-oriented study on prevalence of physical, psychological, sexual violence, stalking and sexual harassment reported by women who live in the Brussels-Capital Region.


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Adolescent and youth health Reproductive rights

Mitigating adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes through a comprehensive primary school sexuality education program in South-Western Uganda

Uganda’s adolescents experience unfavourable sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes. Young people (10-24 years) constitute over 33.5% of Uganda’s population, with about 47% below the age of 15. Nevertheless, this age group carries the highest disease burden, particularly in the SRH area.


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Interpersonal violence

Prevalence of violence against women in the Brussels Capital Region

Overall objective: To conduct a policy-oriented study on prevalence and characteristics of violence against women in Brussels Capital Region.


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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

REPLACE a 12 month Daphne III funded project

REPLACE was a 12 month Daphne III funded project, aiming to contribute to efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) across the EU among practicing communities. The Replace II project follows on from this pilot project and was launched March 18th 2013.


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Health system research Mother and child health

QUALMAT - Quality of prenatal and maternal care: Bridging the know-do gap

General objective The main objective is to improve maternal and newborn health by raising the level of motivation of health care workers to provide high quality maternal and newborn care.


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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Improving FGM-law enforcement in Europe: dissemination of lessons learned and capacity building of actors in (para)legal field

This project aims at enhancing the implementation of criminal and child protection laws on female genital mutilation in the EU.


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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Community-based interventions targeting behaviour change towards the practice of FGM in Burkina Faso and Sudan

This project contributes to the global efforts to abandon female genital mutilation, through the implementation of an intervention project targeting behaviour change in Burkina Faso and Sudan.


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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Strengthening the European Network for the Prevention of FGM by building on experiences and results from the early past

This project aimed at disseminated results of former Daphne projects on female genital mutilation, in order to strengthen the existing European Network for the Prevention of FGM.


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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Prevention of FGM (Network) 2

Project Summary Project: First European Programme for the Prevention of FGM in Europe Funded by: EC - Justice and Home affairs Task Force Project Period: 2001-2003 Project Sites: Belgium, France, Italy This project is a continuation of the work initiated in 1998. ICRH is responsible for developing a review of legislation in Europe (child protection laws, penal codes etc.) and for developing a history on FGM in Europe. The project coordinator is GAMS (Groupement d'Abolition des Mutilations Sexuelles) in France


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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Assessing the impact of existing legislation in Europe with regard to female genital mutilation

This project aimed at reviewing existing criminal and child protection laws in 15 EU countries and made a comparative analysis of the implementation of the laws in 5 EU countries (Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden, UK).


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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Prevention of FGM in Europe

This project aimed at sensitising NGOs, professionals and public opinion on the problem of FGM.


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Interpersonal violence

Gender gap in access to education: focus on forced and/or early marriage of girls in Kajiado district, Kenya

This project aimed at studying the problem of early and/or forced marriages among Masaai in Kenya.


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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

European Network for the Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation in Europe

This project aimed at creating a European Network for the Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation in Europe


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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Towards a consensus on female genital mutilation in the European Union

This project provided the European Commission with background information on female genital mutilation and with some recommendations to tackle this harmful traditional practice.


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Interpersonal violence

Developing strategies to combat violence against women in developing countries: health care strategies

This project aimed at formulating policy guidelines regarding prevention of gender based violence and health care interventions for victims of gender based violence.


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Gender Policy analysis

PSR-project in collaboration with The Belgian Government for Development Cooperation (DGD)

The Belgian Government for Development Cooperation (DGD) wants to work on an improved Belgian policy in the field of SDGs, gender, water and private sector development. For this, they wish to make use of policy-supporting research in collaboration with Belgian researchers affiliated with a higher education institution.


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