Preventing Female Genital Mutilation in hard to reach communities

GAMS Belgium and The End FGM European Network would like to invite you to the European Conference on the topic Preventing FGM in hard to reach communitiesin Brussels on Friday the 26th of April 2019.

For many years now, our work against Female Genital Mutilation has been in the main focused on communities originated from sub-Saharan countries such as: Guinea, Somalia, Djibouti, Mali, etc. However, we are all aware of the existence of specific diasporas living in Europe and originating from other countries also affected by FGM; for example in Egypt, Indonesia, Kurdistan (geographical and cultural region in Middle East). Working among and with communities is complex and can be challenging. Nevertheless, our work against FGM must be extended to all affected communities, in a true “Building Bridges” approach.

The goal of the conference is to gain a better insight into the barriers that may exist between some diasporas, care and support services. We will start by describing these barriers and formulating an answer to the question “what factors make some diaspora communities ‘hard to reach’?”. The conference will look at these issues from the perspectives of both diasporas and organizations. The discussion will subsequently be followed by the sharing of ‘good practices’ and concrete tools for implementing an outreach approach.

When:    Friday 26th of April 2019 from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm

Where:  Maison des Associations Internationales (MAI)
                Rue Washington 40, 1050 Brussels


09.00               Welcome
09.30               Start of the conference
9.45-11.00     Panel 1. What defines ‘Hard to reach’? /
Which are the barriers for reaching communities affected by   FGM?
11.00                 Coffee Break
11.15-13.00    Panel 2. Understanding different contexts on FGM
and how to work with communities
13.00-14.00 Lunch Break
14.00-15.30   Panel 3. Good experiences at different levels
15.30-16.30   Networking Coffee and Goodbye!

Please find programme here.

  • Translation in English, French and Dutch.
  • Please inform us of any food allergies and/or difficulties in accessibility (see Google Form)

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