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Barriers in the health sector often lead to a precarious health situation for women with migration and refugee backgrounds.

Migrant women are often pre-stressed due to various psychological and physical factors. This also includes traumatization from war and flight. Many women experience a loss of status as a result of migration, which results in a subdivision in the professional and social environment, which also leads to a precarious health situation. In addition, women often migrate with their children, which is an enormous burden, especially for single parents.

Migrant women who already live permanently in the FRG encounter barriers in the health sector. For example, there is a lack of multilingual health offers, doctors and therapists nationwide. In the case of refugee women in the asylum procedure, the therapy costs are not covered or only emergency care is provided. In some cases, depending on their residence status, women even have no health insurance coverage for themselves and their children.

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In addition, on June 23, 2020 DaMigra organized one Round table on the subject of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), at which numerous experts came together online. The aim of the event was to promote the exchange again and to discuss the following questions: Which prevention concepts already exist in Europe, especially in Germany and Austria? How can women's rights instruments, such as the Istanbul Convention and the Women's Rights Convention CEDAW, contribute to the fight against FGM? What does it take for good prevention? How can the big goal of zero tolerance towards female genital mutilation (at least in Germany, ideally worldwide) be achieved?

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Health is a universal human right and should not depend on gender or immigration status.