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Our team

Brussels, Antwerp, Hasselt, Liège, Namur, Verviers, Louvain or Courtrai,
meet our teams in our various branches and offices.

Diariou SOW

Diariou SOW

President

Diariou Sow is since June 2022 the new president of GAMS Belgium.

diariou@gams.be

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She arrived in Belgium in 2011 as an unaccompanied minor, and her path crossed that of GAMS and she became one of our beneficiaries. She took part in our workshops and then trained as a community voices. After having been a member of the board for several years, she is now the new president of GAMS Belgium!

Originally from Guinea Conakry, she is a social worker at the CPAS of Schaerbeek and an activist against FGM. She was excised because she was born a woman, in a society where her main value was to honour and remain subject to the patriarchal system.

Today, she is rebuilding herself and is committed to fighting FGM and all forms of violence against women. Her fight is for every woman to feel in harmony with herself, her body, her morals and her sexuality.

Get to know Diariou better by reading her interview

Khadidiatou Diallo

Khadidiatou Diallo

Founder & honorary member

Khadidiatou set up GAMS Belgium in 1996.

 

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Khadidiatou Diallo, of Senegalese origin, arrived in Belgium in the 1980s. She then took literacy classes, and obtained her CEB by writing her TFE (final year thesis) entitled “Mon jardin devasté”, for which she studied the question of FGM. While she simply wanted to talk about a tradition of her native culture, she realized through her research that FGM is not a beneficial practice. Worse still, it’s not a religious requirement but constitutes, above all, violence against women. .

To combat this scourge, Khadidiatou created GAMS Belgium in 1996. A visionary and energetic woman, she has surrounded herself with a motivated team to set up the projects she develops when it comes to defending children’s rights.

After 26 years, Khadidiatou handed over her position as chairwoman to Diariou Sow in June 2022.

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Fabienne Richard

Fabienne Richard

Executive director

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Fabienne Richard is a French registered midwife who specialised in tropical medicine and public health (MSc, PhD). She has 10-year experience as clinical midwife and a field experience of 5 years in developing countries (Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Liberia, Somalia, Sri Lanka) for Doctors without borders and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp.

She is a female genital mutilation (FGM) expert midwife and is involved in FGM research (FGM prevalence study in Belgium, Action-research on referrals for girls at risk) and writing clinical guidelines for the Ministry of Health in Belgium. She is a member of the Superior Health Council working group for reconstructive surgery post-FGM. 

She is currently the executive Director of GAMS Belgium (Groupe pour l’Abolition des Mutilations Sexuelles), midwife at the multidisciplinary health care unit for women with FGM (CeMAViE) at the Hospital St-Pierre in Brussels. She is guest researcher at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp and lecturer in several midwifery schools. 

Fabienne Richard interview for EXPERTalia AJP available here.

Moussa Diong

Moussa Diong

Administrative and financial officer

moussa@gams.be

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  • Provides administrative and financial coordination
  • Accounting and Personnel Administration
  • In collaboration with the Social Secretary and Ecosolidaires
  • Referent in computer science
Lisa Keepen

Lisa Keepen

Communication manager

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Lisa joined GAMS in January 2021 as a management and communications assistant. Looking for her first professional experience, Lisa wanted to work for an organisation that made sense. Lisa is particularly sensitive to the place of women in the world, so it’s only natural that she should be working for GAMS Belgium. She has a degree in public relations and event management and is a great lover of sport!

Lisa has been communications manager at GAMS Belgium since September 2023!

Marianne Nguena

Marianne Nguena

Coordinator of the network FGM and the CoP

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Marianne Nguena joined the team as coordinator of the network of the Concerted Strategies for fighting FGM and since 2022, also of the Community of Practices. Married and mother of a little girl, she moved with her family to Belgium in 2016. 

Marianne describes herself as an activist on gender issues. It is this commitment that guides her every day in her professional and associative orientations.

She has a multidisciplinary academic background but focused on the issue of inequalities. Three diplomas have been awarded to her: a master’s degree in law specializing in public law, another in gender studies and another in population and development sciences (with an option in development projects and programs).

When Marianne was informed of the offer, working at GAMS seemed to her to be an obvious choice.

Aminata (Anita) Sidibé

Aminata (Anita) Sidibé

Project officer for the FGM Network in Wallonia

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Aminata Sidibe, better known as Anita, is mainly of Guinean origin. She was born and raised in Belgium. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and since September 2022, a master’s degree in population and development sciences.

She came to know GAMS while doing research for her dissertation on the subject of “Strategies for abandoning excision in Guinea”. She then enquired about the work carried out and applied for a 9-month voluntary internship at GAMS in parallel with writing her dissertation, also working with the CoP.

After her internship at GAMS, she realised that her professional and personal interest was in the fight against GBV. She learned a lot during her internship about the different issues and liked the energy of GAMS, the projects that are carried out there, the kindness of the team. As a Guinean, this is a subject that affects her close circle and her community, so it was clear to her that she had to join the team.

 

Aude Denolf

Aude Denolf

Executive secretary & communication assistant

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Since September 2023, Aude has been working as the executive secretary and communication assistant at GAMS. Holding a degree in Public Relations from IHECS, she has a genuine interest in gender-related issues. In search of her first professional experience, she aspired to work within a meaningful organization.

Within the association, Aude takes on the responsibility of managing reception and oversees administrative tasks directly or indirectly related to the NGO. Simultaneously, she assumes the role of a communication assistant, contributing to the organization of events and internal and external communication.

Mariama Bah

Mariama Bah

“Community Voices” officer in Brussels and Wallonia

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Mariama is of Guinean origin and mother of 4 children. She joined the team as coordinator of the volunteer pool “Community Voices”. She has known GAMS for several years already.

Mariama is trained in Business Administration (Master), in animation of socio-cultural projects, and in intercultural mediation. She also has a degree in the management of cross-cultural institutions.

Mariama has been leading this struggle for many years now. She participated in the national forum of the girl child in 2005 in Conakry, Guinea. According to her, the fight must also be led within the communities by the members of these communities. Coordinating the community relays is therefore logical for her. The fight against female genital mutilation is an ongoing battle.

Faïda Opika

Faïda Opika

Project manager

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After an internship at the legal department of GAMS, Faïda now holds the position of project officer within the team.

She graduated with a trilingual bachelor’s degree from the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles in collaboration with KUL. She has long worked as a volunteer for the Gender Policy Advisory Council at her university. Currently, she is preparing a final thesis on the issues of incest and the best interests of the child.

During a GAMS presentation at her university, her fight against sexual violence against women and children was born, leading her to organize an awareness activity in collaboration with the GAMS team. She is now happy to be part of the GAMS family and to contribute to the creation of a better world for all women and girls, present and future.

Jihan Safar

Jihan Safar

Qualitative researcher

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Jihan, a Lebanese sociologist, has been working as a qualitative research officer at GAMS since October 2023. Specializing in societies of the Arabian Peninsula, she conducts field investigations in the Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar. Her doctoral thesis, defended at Sciences Po (Paris, 2015), focuses on transformations in marriage and procreation in the Gulf region. Her postdoctoral research, conducted at OMAM-MSH (Free University of Brussels) in 2022-2023, addresses the issues of slavery and gender in contemporary Omani novels written by women.

In continuation of her work on gender, Jihan is working at GAMS on female genital mutilation within Arab communities living in Belgium. She aims to contribute to amplifying the voices of Arab women and gaining a better understanding of their practices related to female genital mutilation.

Charlène Jollivet

Charlène Jollivet

Consultante en Fundraising

charlène@gams.be

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Charlène Jollivet, consultante en Fundraising, est enthousiaste à l’idée de collaborer avec le GAMS cette année. Après l’obtention de son master en coopération internationale, elle a consacré près de 10 ans à travailler dans le secteur associatif.

Ayant accompagné des jeunes demandeurs d’asile, des réfugiés et des personnes avec des troubles de l’apprentissage en Angleterre, tant en individuel qu’en groupe, Charlène a décidé en 2021 de se concentrer sur le fundraising. Depuis lors, elle a apporté son soutien à des associations œuvrant pour la cause des réfugiés et du peuple palestinien.

Elle aime se concentrer sur les forces de l’association, mettant en lumière l’impact et les réussites des différents projets. Elle travaille en étroite collaboration avec les équipes, garantissant ainsi les ressources nécessaires pour transformer positivement la vie des personnes accompagnées.

Depuis son installation en Belgique, elle recherchait une association en phase avec ses valeurs et sa nouvelle communauté. C’est ainsi qu’elle a découvert le GAMS, dont la mission l’a profondément touchée. La défense des droits des femmes a toujours été une priorité pour elle..  Ayant accompagné des filles et des femmes réfugiées, elle a souvent été le témoin direct des injustices qu’elles subissent. C’est pourquoi elle est honorée de pouvoir apporter son soutien à une association aussi importante que le GAMS dans sa collecte de fonds pour garantir la pérennité de sa mission essentielle.

Bountou Kouyaté

Bountou Kouyaté

Chargée de l'étude d'impact social

bountou@gams.be

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Bountou est animatrice culturelle de profession, mais pendant près d’une douzaine d’années, elle s’est dévouée à la promotion de la santé avec Médecins Sans Frontières en Guinée, en travaillant sur le projet VIH/TB à Conakry, notamment dans le volet psychosocial de la prise en charge des personnes infectées par le VIH. Par la suite, Bountou a poursuivi son engagement dans la promotion de la santé en travaillant sur les projets de MSF liés à la vaccination contre la Covid, la diphtérie et la rougeole, notamment pendant la crise de l’accueil en Belgique à la fin de 2022 et durant l’été 2023.

Bountou a découvert le GAMS lors de sa procédure de demande d’asile alors qu’elle cherchait à protéger sa fille de l’excision. Aujourd’hui, elle a rejoint le GAMS avec une volonté renouvelée de s’impliquer davantage dans cette lutte, afin que sa communauté comprenne la nécessité d’abandonner complètement cette pratique

Cyrielle Huyghe

Cyrielle Huyghe

Chargée de recherche

cyrielle@gams.be

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Cyrielle a intégré l’équipe du GAMS en février 2024 en tant qualité de chargée de recherche qualitative. Son engagement dans la lutte contre les mutilations génitales remonte à février 2022, date à laquelle elle a commencé à collaborer avec le GAMS Belgique. Cette collaboration portait sur un projet de recherche concernant les mutilations génitales féminines en Asie du Sud et du Sud-Est.

Diplômée en psychologie sociale et interculturelle, elle a approfondi ses compétences dans le domaine du psychotraumatisme en obtenant un deuxième master en psychologie clinique, ainsi qu’un certificat en victimologie et psychotraumatologie. Son expertise dans la prise en charge des femmes victimes de violences conjugales et sexuelles, combinée à son travail sur les mutilations génitales, l’ont conduite à poursuivre son engagement au sein du GAMS, où elle se consacre à une recherche visant à mieux comprendre les besoins des femmes issues des communautés d’Asie du Sud vivant en Belgique. Cette recherche a pour objectif d’améliorer les services de prévention et d’accompagnement proposés en Belgique.

Zahraa Boumehdi

Zahraa Boumehdi

Administrative assistant

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Zahraa, of Moroccan origin, holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature. She has explored various aspects of this discipline, including gender studies, and has developed a keen interest in this field of study. In 2020, she completed an internship in the municipality of her city, Kénitra, and successfully underwent an accelerated TOSA Suite Office training in 2023.

As the author of “The Girl Who Sees Everything,” a story giving voice to a young woman and highlighting themes related to psychology, mental health, and harassment, Zahraa joins GAMS as an administrative assistant within the Administration and Finance team. Her vision is aligned with the ongoing advocacy for women’s rights, and she is convinced that she can fully contribute to the NGO’s mission.

Kadiatou Diallo

Kadiatou Diallo

Administrative and reception assistant

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Kadiatou, of Guinean origin, discovered GAMS a few years ago and expressed the desire to undertake an internship to actively engage in the fight against female genital mutilation. Since September 2023, she has been serving as an intern at GAMS in the role of administrative and reception assistant.

On a daily basis, Kadiatou will be responsible for managing the association’s reception. She will become a point of contact for all inquiries via email or phone, ensuring they are handled efficiently. If necessary, she will direct your requests to the appropriate colleagues.

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Carolina Neira Vianello

Carolina Neira Vianello

Head of the Brussels branch and social worker

carolina@gams.be

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Carolina Neira Vianello grew up in Chile and studied Nursing care as well as Social intervention and communautary health. 

She began working for GAMS Belgium in 2009 within the framework of the End FGM Campaign, that was launched by Amnesty International Ireland, and that has now become the End FGM Network. 

In 2011, she started animating community workshops (Monthly gatherings, Youth Workshop, Children’s workshop…). She is now also in charge of social monitoring and social support as part of the psychosocial team.

Annalisa D’Aguanno

Annalisa D’Aguanno

Psychologist

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Graduate in Clinical Psychology at the Free University of Brussels, it was while training at the Belgian Institute of Applied Victimology that she discovered GAMS Belgium as an internship in 2007. She hasn’t left since. 

Her interest for women’s rights pushed her to continue with the association as a volunteer for two years, then as a full-time member of staff. 

She is co-author of the guide « Femme excisée et réfugiée, ma façon d’exister – Savoir-faire et Savoir-être en entretien » (2012). Through the individual consultations, she listens to the women « beyond the words » and observes the body language. She is so fascinated by the body language that in 2010, she initiated a workshop for corporal expressiveness, for women victim of gender based violence. 

She also followed a course in Art Therapy. Creation is now her privileged tool as much in individual work as collective. Back to creativity, where life seems to stand still.

Feven Tsehaye Tekle

Feven Tsehaye Tekle

Intercultural worker

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Feven is intercultural worker at GAMS Belgium. Before she started working as an employee in December 2019, Feven was a volunteer for 7 months.

She studied accounting In Eritrea and then worked as Accountant and junior Auditor. Feven arrived in Belgium at the end of 2016 and speaks many languages: Tigrinya (an Eritrean language), Amharic (an Ethiopian language) as well as English. She is also learning French.

Keyla Lumeka

Keyla Lumeka

Legal adviser

keyla@gams.be

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Since 2019, Keyla has been a legal adviser with GAMS Belgium. Before that, she worked for the non-profit organisation Intact.

“Each letter of my first name resonates with who I am:

K = Kinshasa, in DR Congo where I was born before coming to Belgium when I was 6 years old.
E = Equality, I studied law to defend those who are deprived of it.
Y = YOLO (You Only Live Once), my mantra…
L = Languages: in addition to French (my mother tongue) I speak Dutch and English.
A = Afro-eco-feminism: a neologism that reflects my Afrofeminist and ecological values”.

Keyla also goes to the Liège branch to offer a legal service.

Pauline Soupa

Pauline Soupa

Midwife

pauline@gams.be

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Pauline is a midwife, her professional and personal paths have been guided by the defence of women’s rights, in particular in the fields of sexual health and respectful accompaniment of births and parenthood.

This is not the first time that GAMS has come across her. Indeed, she was a volunteer for almost 10 years, notably by co-creating birth preparation sessions for women affected by FGM.

Pauline has joined our team to continue these activities, to develop projects of continuous training for professionals and to work in collaboration with ONE (Office de la naissance et de l’enfance).

Julia De Clerck

Julia De Clerck

Midwife

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Julia, who trained as a midwife, worked for nearly three years at the CHU Saint Pierre in Brussels before turning to caring for patients at home. 

She has always been keen to integrate her feminist values into her profession. After a year specialising in Community Health, she became more interested in the voluntary sector. It was during a work placement that she had her first real contact with GAMS and its team. Julia immediately embraced its philosophy and its humane, inclusive approach! 

She then joined the team to complete the midwifery team. Alongside her work at GAMS, she continues to work as a freelance midwife and is also doing a Masters in Sociology and Anthropology at UCL.

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Mélanie Jocquet

Mélanie Jocquet

Coordinator of GAMS’ activities in Wallonia

melanie@gams.be

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Mélanie Jocquet is the coordinator for Wallonia. She is responsible for the Namur branch and is in charge of setting up projects and developing GAMS Belgium throughout Wallonia. She is mainly based at the Namur branch but is also present at the Liège branch.

Before joining our team in 2020, Mélanie already worked in a social service specialising in the rights of migrants. She provided assistance to people who asked for help with their various procedures (asylum, family reunification, regularisation, …). She also did the same work in penal institutions and offered social and legal support to detainees who requested it.

She also worked for an NGO working to improve access to health care for people in emergency situations.

Through these various meetings, she became aware of the particular vulnerability of women who experience a continuum of gender-based violence, both in their country of origin, during their migration process and during their asylum procedure in Belgium.

Ismatou Bah

Ismatou Bah

Travailleuse interculturelle

ismatou@gams.be

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Ismatou Bah, d’origine Guinéenne, est titulaire d’un Baccalauréat en Sciences Sociales. Sur base de son sens de l’approche, et ayant le contact facile, elle s’est ensuite orientée vers L’Ecole Nationale du Tourisme et de l’Hôtellerie (ONATOL) en Guinée/Conakry. Elle a ensuite suivi une formation accélérée de Secrétariat – Marketing en Guinée à Conakry.

En 2014, elle a obtenu une attestation en Bureautique au Nouveau-Saint-Servais à Namur. Elle a continué avec une préformation à l’IPFS (Institut Provincial de Formation Sociale) en 2015 et a entamé une 1ère année A2 comme éducatrice en 2015-2016.
À la découverte du GAMS Belgique, elle se rappelle toutes les formes de violences que les femmes subissent dans son pays d’origine : les mutilations génitales féminines (MGF), les viols, la domination, l’injustice entre l’homme et la femme, etc.

Ismatou est convaincue d’être à la bonne place : ayant pour but d’aider des personnes confrontées à des difficultés d’ordre psychologique, social, par une écoute, une orientation, un accompagnement et une sensibilisation auprès de ces personnes pour qu’elles puissent connaître leurs droits et devoirs, elle désire qu’enfin ensemble nous arrivions à vaincre cette coutume néfaste : les mutilations génitales féminines.

Aïcha Ali Abdou

Aïcha Ali Abdou

Intercultural worker

aicha@gams.be

Valentine Hayet

Valentine Hayet

Psychologue

valentine@gams.be

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Valentine Hayet a toujours été soucieuse du bien-être de l’autre, c’est pour cela qu’elle a décidé d’en faire son métier. Elle a fait ses études à l’UCLouvain, d’abord diplômée en psychologie clinique de l’enfant, de l’adolescent et de la famille, pour ensuite réaliser un troisième cycle en clinique psychothérapeutique intégrée. Elle a travaillé pendant 5 ans en tant que psychologue dans un centre d’hébergement d’urgence pour des familles au NewSamusocial. C’est grâce à cette expérience qu’elle a découvert le GAMS. Elle y a accompagné des personnes précarisées, exilées et de nombreuses victimes de violence conjugale. C’est là-bas que son intérêt pour les violences basées sur le genre s’est renforcé. Dès lors, elle a eu envie d’être davantage actrice dans la lutte face à ces violences, c’est pour cela qu’elle a souhaité rejoindre le GAMS.

Elly Pauwels

Elly Pauwels

Legal adviser

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Elly Pauwels has joined the Namur office as a legal adviser.

With a degree in microfinance and a law degree, Elly is a born humanist! Throughout her life, she has been committed to the empowerment of women. As the mother of a young girl from Laos, Elly travels to capture the beauty of the world with her camera.

For her, working at GAMS Belgium means contributing, as part of a multidisciplinary, multicultural and passionate team, to the defence of women and girls who are victims of gender-based violence.

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Louise Da Via

Louise Da Via

Head of the Liège Branch and social worker

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Louise Da Via joins the team in Liège as a branch manager. A social worker by training, she also completed a first year master’s degree in conflict prevention and management.

She first worked in a youth centre in the Province of Liège and then in the Aide et Protection de la Jeunesse in France.

She is committed to fighting against inequalities. By joining the GAMS Belgium team, she gives meaning to her work and gets up every morning with the will to change things in a team that shares her values.

HORTENSE UWANTEGE

HORTENSE UWANTEGE

Psychologue

hortense@gams.be

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Fos Mohamed Nur

Fos Mohamed Nur

Intercultural worker

fos@gams.be

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Fos Mohamed Nur is a community animator at GAMS Belgium. An activist for many years in the fight against female genital mutilation, and working as a volunteer at GAMS Belgium since 2014, when she followed training to become peer educator, Fos became fully employed in 2017. During her volunteer work, she accompanied women and if necessary did the translation from Somali into French.

Now she assumes a genuine role of accompaniment and listening, ready to make the beneficiaries of GAMS Belgium aware of their right to say no to what goes against their integrity without implying rejection of their original culture. In other words, Fos helps women to find a balance between self and culture

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Katrien De Koster

Katrien De Koster

Coordinator of GAMS’ activities in Flanders

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Katrien studied Social Science at the VUB and obtained a Masters Degree in Gender Studies at the University of Utrecht. She has worked for GAMS Belgium since 2014. She coordinates the activites in Flanders working in both Brussels and Antwerp where the Flanders Branch is located. “I accompany men as well as women individually. Every last Friday of the month, group activities are held in Antwerp, where we discuss different topics. Finally we follow reports relative to situations involving the risk of FGM.”

The Flanders Branch also provides made-to-measure training courses around FGM and every year initiates innovative projects with the backing of investors.

Jessica Tatout

Jessica Tatout

Social worker

jessica@gams.be

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Jessica graduated in Interpretation and then began a North-South postgraduate. In 2012. She did her internship in Guinea with the organisation Aniké, primarily working on women and children health and rights. She helped setting up a project on raising awareness about FGM with the NGO ASD in Kankan. Since then, she has been volunteering for Aniké.

When she came back to Belgium in 2013, she started working for GAMS Belgium. She worked as an executive assistant during one year, and then joined the Flanders’ team as a project officer. She was responsible for developing the toolbox with educational materials and the coordination of peer educators in Flanders. She graduated in Social Work in 2018 and operates ever since in GAMS’ social services.

 

 

Ewout Gubbels

Ewout Gubbels

Social worker

ewout@gams.be

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Ewout is the new social worker in Antwerp.

During his work at the Rode Kruis-Vlaanderen reception centre in Lint, he was quickly confronted with female genital mutilation, gender violence and their psychological consequences. But he was always able to see the perseverance of those affected. It is therefore both the confrontation with the issue and the admiration he felt that encouraged him to join the mission of GAMS Belgium.

A graduate in social work, Ewout is also trained in suicide prevention and in the procedure and orientation of applicants for international protection.

Ewout is now ready to bring his experience and commitment to the development of GAMS Belgium in the Antwerp region.

Luna Doppée

Luna Doppée

Psychologist

luna@gams.be

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Luna Doppée, psychologist, joins our new Antwerp office.  Early on already, she was fascinated by psychology and art. In 2019, she graduated as a music therapist.  It’s natural for her to integrate these subjects in her career.

Luna is also interested in topics such as sexuality, culture, non-verbal therapy for children and adults, family therapy and positive psychology. Before coming to GAMS Belgium, Luna worked as a supervisor in a ‘Centrum Kinderzorg & Gezinsondersteuning’ – CKG (Youth Support and Family care centre). She touched on issues with attachment problems, domestic violence and trauma.

For her, working with GAMS Belgium allows her to bring together all the themes she is passionate about.

Jannelore Derycke

Jannelore Derycke

Orthopédagogue clinicenne – sexuologue

jannelore@gams.be

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En 2016, Jannelore a obtenu son diplôme de psychopédagogue clinique et a ensuite choisi de poursuivre son master en sexologie. Pendant cette formation, elle a eu l’opportunité de mener des recherches sur l’excision et la perception de la sexualité en Guinée grâce à sa collaboration avec l’association Ankié. Sa visite sur place et la rédaction de sa thèse ont profondément marqué son parcours et ont renforcé son intérêt pour l’approfondissement de ce sujet crucial.
Le fil conducteur de ses expériences professionnelles précédentes a toujours été de travailler avec des personnes en fuite et/ou ayant vécu des événements traumatisants. Au sein du CAW, Jannelore a accompagné des individus en difficulté à Bruxelles et dans ses environs, tandis qu’à Lesbos, elle a apporté son soutien aux réfugiés fraîchement arrivés en Europe.

Le GAMS est sur son radar depuis plusieurs années. Jannelore est donc enchantée d’avoir l’opportunité de travailler ici et de partager les connaissances acquises au cours de ses expériences passées, tout en continuant à apprendre auprès des personnes qu’elle rencontrera.

Mawda Abbas

Mawda Abbas

“Communiti voices” officer - Flanders

mawda@gams.be

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Mawda has a degree in Psychology from Sudan, has two daughters and is a feminist by nature. She also studied public administration in Belgium.

Mawda wants to make the world a better place, and according to her, GAMS Belgium is already doing this and she would like to be part of the change.

Aminata Keita

Aminata Keita

Intercultural worker

aminata.keita@gams.be

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Aminata Keita, originally from Guinea Conakry, has joined the Flanders team as a intercultural worker. She studied in her home country and is currently taking Dutch lessons in Antwerp, where she lives. She loves sport (especially walking) and is passionate about nature.

She got to know GAMS through its reception center. The dynamism of the GAMS team strengthened her. This motivated her to join the team.

Aminata has worked for Le Monde des Possibles as a social interpreter, speaking Malinké-French and French-Soussou. She also trained as a peer educator at GAMS.

She is happy to be an intercultural worker for GAMS.

Lieselote Hoornaert

Lieselote Hoornaert

Midwife

lieselote@gams.be

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Lieselote joins the team in Antwerp as a midwife. She has been actively working as a primary care midwife in the perinatal field in Antwerp since 2017.

She is convinced that everyone has the right to access equivalent healthcare. For years, she has been dedicated to supporting pregnant women and new mothers in (at-risk of) poverty and/or without legal residency documents and with a migration background as a midwife. On a regular basis, she provides preconceptional, prenatal, and postnatal support in reception centers. This is how she came into contact with female genital mutilation and gender-related violence.

She also encountered the limitations of first-line guidance. She felt the need to do more for these women and advocate for their rights. It was from this background that her interest was piqued to join Gams Belgium.

Lieselote will help develop ongoing training for professionals (men/women/non-binary) in Flanders and is ready to support pregnant women and mothers from the Antwerp branch. In addition to this, she will also continue to work as an independent midwife.

Jente Konings

Jente Konings

Legal adviser

jente@gams.be

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Jente studied law at Ghent University, specialising in human rights, migration law and criminal law. In 2019, for example, she took part in the “Legal action against human rights violations” project at Ghent University’s Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic.

After her studies, she began working as a lawyer at the Ghent Bar, where she specialised in immigration law, family law and private international law. Jente also trained as a certified mediator, specialising in family matters.
She has assisted clients with their applications for international protection and other residence procedures, during which some of them have been confronted with FGM. This is how she discovered Gams, whose feminist activism immediately appealed to her.

In September 2023, Jente joined the GAMS team in Brussels and Flanders as a legal adviser.

Fatma Abdullahi

Fatma Abdullahi

Intercultural worker

fatma@gams.be

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Fatma Abdullahi is originally from Somalia. She was born and raised in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and later moved to Antwerp in 2021. She holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, graduating from Dubai Pharmacy College. 

Her introduction to GAMS came through her assistantship at the reception center, where she became acquainted with the organization. The dynamic and inspiring nature of the GAMS team resonated with her, ultimately motivating her to become a part of it. In addition to joining the team, she trained as a peer educator at GAMS and worked as a volunteer.

Fatma would like to help women find their right. In other words, help women find a balance between self and culture.

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