Migration och jämlik sexuell och reproduktiv hälsa: Betydelsen av kulturella värderingars dynamik och samskapande för förbättrad praktik

Tidsperiod: 2018-12-01 till 2024-12-31

Projektledare: Birgitta Essén

Medarbetare: Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, marie klingberg allvin, Marie Klingberg-Allvin, Elin Larsson, Pontus Strimling, Aje Carlbom, Fatumo Osman

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Stöd till forskningsmiljö

Budget: 18 000 000 SEK

Sweden is a multicultural country. Many migrants from the Middle East (ME) and Somalia have cultural values that contrast sharply with liberal values in Sweden. Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is a value-infused area that gives rise to cross-cultural conflicts. Our earlier studies have indicated that problems arise when healthcare providers (HCPs) are expected to respect perpetuation of SRH-related gender inequality by migrants from gender-conservative countries, rather than upholding traditions of gender equality. Optimal solutions for these problems must be evidence-based and devised jointly by the main stakeholders, such as patients and HCPs, to ensure equality in health and gender. Within the next six years we aim to (1) study how and why gender values change over time in the course of a randomised intervention aimed at enhancing newly arrived ME migrants’ employment opportunities; (2) co-produce and implement culturally tailored tools to assist HCP in addressing value conflicts, and the dynamics of cultural change, to ensure equity in SRH; (3) promote cultural change towards abundant of female genital cutting in Somalia, using RCT in co-production with Swedish Somali migrants who have rejected this harmful practice. The long-term goal is to create a multidisciplinary research environment, a Knowledge Centre for Migrant SRH, that will implement evidence-based  practice using co-production techniques, in collaboration with scholars, HCP and migrant representatives.