Campaigns

animation_clariceIn 2008, GAMS Belgium, along with 21 partners, launched it’s first national campaign « no cirumcision for my daughter » aimed to raise awareness of families and professionals about the risk of female circumcision when returning to their country for vacations. More information on the website of the campaign. It was during the press conference of June 18th 2008 that Mrs Onkelinx, the Federal Minister of Health at the time, announced the four major resolutions that would mark the Belgian landmark in the fight against FGM: (1) make a prevalence study to assess the magnitude of the problem, (2) draft a guideline for professionals, (3) distribute the guide to all hospitals and provide training for professionals, (4) assess the relevance of covering costs for clitoral restoration.

In 2013, a travelling exhibition entitled « Female genital mutilation, my way of saying no» launched at the initiative of the association GAMS Belgium and backed by the authorities. It illustrates the portraits of the men and women of Europe (Belgium, France, United Kingdom) and Africa (Senegal, Djibouti, Guinea) who address their resistance against female circumcision. Since then, this exhibition circulates in various public places (stations, parliaments, community centers, etc) in order to make the politicians, health and education professionals, as well as all citizens, European or African more aware of the modes of resistance against FGM. A website developed in French, Dutch and English presents the exhibition and it’s various types of media.

My way of saying no

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