Missions & values

General Objective

The objective of GAMS Belgium is to contribute to the abandonment of female genital mutilation in Belgium and Worldwide.

Specific objectives

  • Prevent FGM among girls and women at risk living in Belgium ;
  • Reduce the impact on health, both psychological and social, of FGM by giving comprehensive support to girls and women living with FGM and their entourage;
  • promote the consultation and intersectoral action, ensure a plea to a national and international level;
  • Support the programmes for the abandonment of the practice of FGM in Africa.

Values of GAMS

Our values are based on the principles :
  • Human rights
  • Equality between women and men
  • Lasting development
  • Reproduction and sexual rights

Our approach

We are trying to put in to practice for the public but also for our employees and volunteers :
  • Listening
  • Respect
  • Participation
  • Emancipation
  • Empowerment
We consider female genital mutilation as gender based violence

Definition of gender based violence

Gender based violence are violences perpetrated against a person based on her sex and rooted in the role expectations associated with each gender. This violence can result in heavy consequences for the victims, touching all fields (personal, professional, etc)

Female genital mutilation and forced marriage are also gender-based violence, with the aim to have control both physically and mentally. Violence of this nature can have serious consequences throughout the life of the victims.