24 results for author: Daniela Bishop


Coronavirus: impact on GAMS’ activities

In view of the coronavirus situation (COVID-19) and the announcement by the Belgian Government of additional measures to contain the pandemic, GAMS Belgium must cancel or postpone its workshops, events and non-urgent appointments. Workshops All group workshops will be cancelled until the end of March: The monthly meeting in Ans (Wallonia) on 26 March The monthly meeting in Brussels and Namur on 27 March The youth group The men's group The Storytelling workshop in March will be postponed. Psychological and social appointments Initial reception, social and psychological conversations are possible provided that the rules of hygiene ...

Interview with Mélanie, new GAMS coordinator in Wallonia!

Mélanie Jocquet has held the position of coordinator of GAMS Belgium activities in Wallonia and social worker since the beginning of 2020. She is based in Namur and occupies a central position within our team. We can only introduce her to you! From social work to the coordination of activities The bulk of Melanie's work is coordinating the activities of GAMS Belgium in Wallonia. "We provide training and animations; we take part in meetings all over Wallonia. Women come to us from Couvin, Bastogne, Jumet...". She is also in charge of the social follow-up but also of part of the first intake interviews. All over Wallonia "For the Namur branch, ...

FGM: the Belgian government must ensure respect for the human rights of women in precarious situations

On the International Day of Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), GAMS Belgium calls on the Belgian government to respect human rights, by taking measures to support the women affected who are in precarious situations.  Precarious situations and violence They have been denied asylum, they have come for family reunification and have lost their right of residence by leaving a violent husband, they are transmigrants trying to reach the United Kingdom, or they are in Dublin procedure without right to material aid, ... These women’s paths all lead to precariousness, with difficulties in meeting the most basic needs: housing, food, ...

Gender-based violence: launching a chat tool for migrant women

ACCESS - Online chat in different languages to facilitate access to support for migrant women facing gender-based violence.

Launch of the ACCESS awareness campaign: let’s end the silence

Breaking the silence on gender-based violence against migrant women: the ACCESS project aims to facilitate access to support services for affected women.

#MyVoiceMatters: Peer educators to fight violence against women

The example of the ACCESS project and Idil's experience in the fight against female genital mutilation and other forms of gender-based violence.

Annual report 2018

This year, we are introducing a new format: an annual report of less than 20 pages. In doing so, we aim to give you an overview of the work done by our team in 2018. 

Training – Gender-based violence: improving support to affected migrant women

In the framework of the ACCESS European project, GAMS Belgium organises a new free, accessible and multidisciplinary capacity building training module for front-line professionals to improve access to support and care for migrant women in Belgium who were confronted to gender-based violence. Objectives To enable key professionals to understand and explore the multiple forms of gender-based violence within migrant communities and their adverse impact To raise awareness on cultural competency in responding effectively to women and girls affected by multiple forms of gender-based violence To explore the role of provision of community-based ...

Gender-based violence: launch of a new interactive mapping of professionals

As part of the "Gender-based violence and asylum"  and ACCESS projects, GAMS Belgium is working on a new mapping tool, aiming to identify professionals in contact with persons confronted to gender-based violence (GBV) within the context of migration.  A mapping of support services The aim is to identify as many professionals, associations and actors of the social, medical, psychological and legal sectors as possible who work with persons with a migration background and confronted to GBV. Better reach your target audience The mapping will function as a tool for anyone, service user or professional, to find information and contact data according ...

Improving the consideration of FGM in Belgium

In the context of the upcoming Belgian Federal elections on 26 May 2019, GAMS Belgium has published an advocacy note for an improved policy for taking female genital mutilation into account. According to the latest estimates (2016), more than 17,000 women living in Belgium are affected by female genital mutilation (FGM) and more than 8,000 girls are at risk. These girls and women need effective protection and quality multidisciplinary care. Prevention and care The resources allocated to preventing and tackling FGM in Belgium, even more in Flanders, are insufficient. We want the Belgian State to establish: A national policy to protect girls ...