We are being hit hard: the coronavirus (or COVID-19) has an unprecedented health, societal and economic impact. But what aboutpeople in the region of Vélingara in Senegal, where we are implementing our project to combat female genital mutilation (FGM)?
COVID-19 is in everyone's mind
The coronavirus (or COVID-19), is well established in Europe and impacts our lifestyles. For the ones among us who are better off, it is a matter of staying at home to protect oneself and avoid the spread of the virus. But it is also a constant struggle for those affected, front-line staff ...
! Regular updates !
In the context of the COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic, GAMS Belgium wishes to reassure its beneficiaries and remains supportive. This article compiles the tools and documentation available in different languages. For people who do not read French or Dutch, our team (salaried and volunteer) has created video capsules that essentially take up the message below. This article will be updated regularly, as we receive more relevant information.
📣 A message to our beneficiaries
« During these difficult times, GAMS will not abandon you. If you are ...
It has long been thought that FGM practices were limited to Africa, while it actually is a global problem. It is time to debunk this misconception.
Restore legality to protect refugees and the society at large amidst the pandemic.
Within the framework of the ACCESS project, GAMS Belgium, Médicos del Mundo (Spain) and FORWARD UK (United Kingdom) offer online conversations in different languages. The aim is to facilitate access to support for migrant women confronted with gender-based violence who do not necessarily speak the national languages. Behind the ACCESS chat screen are people like Jessica, social worker, and Mashaer, ACCESS peer educator.
In this interview for the Concerted Strategies for fighting Female Genital Mutilation (CS-FGM) network, Jessica and Mashaer tell you everything about ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
ACCESS - Online chat in different languages to facilitate access to support for migrant women facing gender-based violence.
Breaking the silence on gender-based violence against migrant women: the ACCESS project aims to facilitate access to support services for affected women.