Stéphanie Florquin joined GAMS in 2015. Since November 2019, she has been part of the management team as Deputy Director. As such, she supports the director and is co-responsible for all aspects of the management of the association, such as the operationalisation of the association’s strategy, the management of human resources, the implementation of internal procedures, the search for funding and the follow-up of projects.
Stéphanie is currently coordinating the International Community of Practice on FGM, a web platform to facilitate the exchange of experiences and expertise between actors working against FGM, funded by the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM. As a sociologist, she regularly conducts qualitative research for GAMS: a study of men’s position towards FGM in the framework of the Men Speak Out project (2015), the qualitative component of the EIGE FGM risk study (2017) and recently a diagnosis of the sexual health and rights needs of women affected by FGM living in Brussels (2019). As such, she regularly contributes her expertise in publications and conferences.
Stéphanie has also been coordinating the Concerted Strategies for fighting FGM, the Belgian network of professionals working with a public concerned by FGM (since 2015), and the Brussels FGM Network (since its creation in 2018).
With an initial training in International Development, Stéphanie specialised in gender mainstreaming in development NGOs. Stéphanie holds a Master’s degree in Sociology “Gender and Social Policies” from the University of Toulouse (France).
Before joining GAMS, Stéphanie coordinated a French LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi, trans*) association. She also had missions within the European network ILGA-Europe and as a consultant for the drafting of a parliamentary report on gender mainstreaming in French cooperation.
Outside of her professional functions, Stéphanie has been active in feminist and human rights associations.