You may have seen her on TV, heard her on the radio or read about her in the newspapers. This summer, we interviewed Mariama Bah. A committed woman concerned about female genital mutilation. Shw has been in charge of the Community Voices pool since January 2022. Her struggle, however, dates back much longer. Together, we will take stock of these first months of work at GAMS Belgium, the 10 years of the programme and we look back on part of her personal journey.
What is your connection with GAMS Belgium?
My history with GAMS Belgium is a long one. I first came to know ...
Diariou Seydi SOW is our new president since June 2022. A social worker by training, she knows GAMS well. In this interview, she tells us about each step of her journey leading her to succeed our former president and founder Khadidiatou Diallo. From beneficiary, to trainee, then peer educator and later member of the administrative body, Diariou is a long-time activist. Here is a piece of her story.
How did you become president of GAMS?
It was quite a journey. Before I came to Belgium, I already had an ideology matched the one of GAMS. I arrived in Belgium in ...
A few weeks before the holidays, GAMS Belgium is launching its awareness campaign to prevent female genital mutilation when returning to the homeland as part of our associative project: the FGM collective, in partnership with AWSA-be, Oasis Belgium and the family planning center of Liège. Our common objective is to reach a maximum number of people affected by female genital mutilation.
In this type of situation, a stay in your country of origin is full of mixed feelings: between the happiness of finding your family, of presenting your children born∙ in Belgium but ...
On the occasion of the International Women's Rights Day, on 8 March, GAMS Belgium shares with you the result of its latest project: My life behind the masks.
The project "My life behind the masks" was born in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. We noticed an increase in anxiety and anguish among the women we were following. Isolated, the women housed in the centres told us that they were locked up with their violent husbands, with no possibility of interaction. As for the undocumented women, many of them were unable to continue their income-generating ...
In partnership with Les Nez à Nez, GAMS Belgium is selling bags illustrated with clitorises in order to raise funds for its projects to abandon female genital mutilation (FGM).
The clitoris in the spotlight
The clitoris is a key organ to GAMS Belgium's fight for a world without FGM. It is now celebrated through the "My Clit'Collection" accessories from Nez à Nez!
Tote bags in solidarity
The “My Clit'Collection” tote bags have been produced to support associations that fight against genital mutilation, that promote sexual and reproductive rights as an integral ...
On December 2, 2021, AIDOS, GAMS Belgium and the End FGM EU Network will host the online closing conference of the International Stakeholders Dialogue (ISD) on "Gender Transformative Approaches to Ending FGM".
In October and November 2021, AIDOS, GAMS Belgium and the End FGM European Network, organized a virtual International Stakeholder Dialogue (ISD) on the topic of “gender transformative approaches to ending FGM” (GTA). The Dialogue gathered stakeholders from the public, private and civil-society sectors, in Africa, Europe and beyond, working towards ...
GAMS Belgium is launching its brand-new legal newsletter aimed at lawyers, legal professionals and other organisations to discuss legal issues linked to female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and other related violence.
An initiative of our legal support department
Since 2019, GAMS Belgium offers legal support in French and Dutch to lawyers and specialised services regarding international and national protection applications. The non-profit offers specific information on case law, doctrine as well as clarifications on FGM, forced marriages and other related ...
GAMS Belgium launches 3 new versions of the ACCESS videos aiming to raise awareness on violence against migrant women: in Afar, Malinké and Soussou!
Let’s end the silence on violence against migrant women
The ACCESS project aims to facilitate access to prevention, protection and support for migrant women in Europe who face different types of gender-based violence. In this framework, 4 videos in different languages have been published to raise awareness and facilitate the identification of violence against migrant women.
4 videos available in 12 ...
A guide to deconstruct the myths and misconceptions about female genital mutilation (FGM).
The year 2020 was marked by COVID-19 all over the world. Despite the challenges, the fight against FGM continues; our team did not give up and remained true to its role!