A research team will now begin to uncover what happened in the so-called IUD case, where Greenlandic girls and women had contraceptive IUDs inserted in the 1960s. The researchers will study the scope of the case, the decision-making process behind it and uncover the experiences of the women involved.
The Danish government and Naalakkersuisut have agreed to initiate an independent study of the IUD case and other contraceptive practices in Greenland in the period 1960 to 1991.
Researchers will now study the scope of the case, the decision-making process behind it and uncover the experiences of the women involved.
The project is led by Ilisimatusarfik's Center for Arctic Welfare in collaboration with the Center for Public Health in Greenland at University of Southern Denmark.
The study is expected to be completed by the end of May 2025.
- Tenna Jensen, head of Ilisimatusarfik's centre for Arctic welfare and senior researcher at the Center for Public Health in Greenland, University of Southern Denmark (head of the research team)
- Bonnie Jensen, assistant professor at Ilisimatusarfik
- Gitte Adler Reimer, rector at Ilisimatusarfik
- Inge Høst Seiding, head of institute at Ilisimatusarfik
- Ingelise Olesen, research coordinator at Ilisimatusarfik
- Janne Rothmar Herrmann, professor at University of Copenhagen
- Kirsten Nystrup, special consultant at the Center for Public Health in Greenland, University of Southern Denmark
- Maja Christiansen, special consultant at the Center for Public Health in Greenland, University of Southern Denmark
- Mette Seidelin, senior researcher, Danish National Archives
- Naja Carina Steenholdt, researcher at the Center for Public Health in Greenland, University of Southern Denmark
- A scientific assistant who is hired at Ilisimatusarfik when the study has begun
- The historical context of the contraceptive practice that began in the 1960s.
- The decision-making process leading up to the initiative to introduce the use of IUDs and other contraceptive methods.
- The concrete implementation in Greenland and for Greenlandic girls enrolled in continuation schools in Denmark.
- How the Greenlandic girls and women have experienced the process through the collection of witness accounts.
- The legal, administrative and healthcare basis at the time for IUD insertion and other contraceptive practices in the country and for students at continuation schools in Denmark during the period.
Send us your story
Personal reports can be sent to the research team in writing.
You can submit your report via sullissivik.gl.
If you have already sent your report to the national doctor, you do not need to send it again, as the research team will receive these if you allow it, unless you wish to elaborate further.
Phone & contact
Our phone lines are now open - and we have a Greenlandic and a Danish phone number.
The Greenlandic number is free to call if you are calling from Greenland.
Calling the Danish number from Denmark costs the normal phone rate.
You can call us 24 hours a day and leave a message on our answering machine or submit your report.
The Greenlandic phone number is +299 80 11 30.
The Danish phone number is +45 65 50 76 74.
Later this month, it will also be possible to submit your report in writing to us via Sullissivik.gl. When possible, we will announce it here on our website and on our Facebook page.
For further information - contact Tenna Jensen, head of the research team, at [email protected].
Towns we travel to
We look forward to seeing you from 14.00 - 20.00 here:
- Esbjerg: 16 October 2023 at Hotel Britannia, Torvegade 24, 6700 Esbjerg
- Århus: 26 October 2023 at Det Grønlandske Hus, Dalgas Ave 52A, 8000 Aarhus C
- Aalborg: 1 November 2023 at Det Grønlandske Hus, Vesterbro 79, 9000 Aalborg
- Ilulissat: week 47
- 24 November, we collect stories in Odense at 13.00 - 17.00 in the Greenlandic House
- Maniitsoq: week 49
- Sisimiut: week 50
We are in the process of planning our visits in 2024. Locations and dates will be updated regularly on this page.
Remember to keep an eye on Facebook and the website for any changes.