6 February, International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM

Excision: What challenges for affected women in Belgium?

In the context of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (each year on February 6th), GAMS Belgium organized a webinar on February 4th 2021, to shed light on the experiences of affected women and address legal, medical and sexological aspects.


Through video testimonials, GAMS Belgium addressed current challenges for women and girls affected by female genital mutilation (FGM), including:

  • What international protection is available in Belgium for families fleeing FGM for their daughters?
  • What access to quality healthcare?
  • What rights to sexual health?



  • Christie Morreale, Minister of Employment, Training, Health, Social Action, Equality of Opportunity, and Women’s Rights
  • Selma Benkhelifa, lawyer, Progress Lawyers Network
  • Fabienne Richard, director of GAMS Belgium and reference midwife for FGM in Belgium
  • Cendrine Vanderhoeven, sexologist, CeMAViE (Center for Assistance to Victimes of Excision – CHU St-Pierre)
  • Hélène Ryckmans, Member of Parliament for the Walloon Region and the Walloon-Brussels Federation, and Senator

Replay (in French)

Re-watch the webinar here