6 February, International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM


February 6th marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. It’s an annual opportunity for GAMS Belgium to emphasize the need to collectively combat this harmful practice.

What is Female Genital Mutilation?

Female Genital Mutilation, refers to “all procedures” involving the “partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons” (WHO, 2008). 

And in Belgium? 

In Belgium alone, more than 23,000 women are affected by Female Genital Mutilation, with over 12,000 girls at risk. However, only 1,800 at-risk girls have received international protection. It is not enough. 


This is the slogan of our 2019 campaign. Because no one should tolerate the violence that FGM represents for affected women and girls. Through its community-based approach, GAMS Belgium fights daily to see an end to this practice.

There is still much to be done. We therefore appeal for solidarity in a joint effort with the affected women and girls.

How can you help?

You can make a difference. Support us in our efforts for the prevention and protection of affected women and girls.

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We want to thank La Mancha for creating this superb video, without which the “Together with Girls” campaign would not have come to life.