GAMS Community Voices

One of the strengths of GAMS Belgium is that, in all its activities, the association relies on the involvement of communities affected by FGM. Our group of peer educators, called “GAMS Community Voices”, plays a crucial role in the fight against FGM.  

Connecting with affected communities

Community Voices play a crucial role in GAMS Belgium’s work. They speak at public conferences, accompany the women affected to appointments (legal, medical, etc.), translate and mediate between frontline professionals and the beneficiaries, run stands at events, etc.

  • Do you need the expertise of a peer educator? Contact us on +32 2 219 43 40 or via info@gams.be.

Training

Through training of peer educators, GAMS Belgium continuously seeks to strengthen the capacities of people from communities affected by female genital mutilation. The aim of this community action is to prevent FGM in Belgium and to improve the well-being of the women and girls concerned.

  • Do you want to become a peer educator? Contact us on +32 2 219 43 40 or via info@gams.be to be kept informed of the next training dates!

Meet Fatimetou Sow, peer educator

“As a journalist and presenter by profession, but also a human rights activist, I have been campaigning against excision and early marriage since I was very young. Unfortunately, in some African mentalities, it is ingrained that a woman should be excised and married young. I found myself in Belgium because of similar events and I wanted to continue in the same vein.

I first contacted GAMS Belgium to register. Then I took part in the workshops. When the call for volunteers went out for the ACCESS project, I didn’t hesitate for a second to send my CV. Under this project, we were trained∙e∙s for a better approach, better awareness and better understanding of these scourges that plague our lives.

I am a community relay and I do not regret this choice at all. I have met several people in my case, even in worse situations, and today these women feel understood, listened to, supported. Thanks to the ACCESS project, many lives have changed.”

- Fatimetou Sow