At the crossroads of art therapy, autobiographical stories and group therapy, the creation of a personal video makes it possible to embrace an experience and to become detached. A partnership between GAMS and StoryAtelier enabled 8 women to experience it.
The last prevalence study focused on the situation as of December 31, 2012. It had shown a doubling of prevalence in 5 years with an estimate of 13,112 girls and women already undergone FGM and 4,084 at risk (5).
These past two years, the Belgium had to deal with a migration crisis with an influx of Iraqi and Syrian families and African families from Somalia and Eritrea, countries with a high prevalence of FGM. A new study is needed to update the data that will better target the actions of the services involved in the protection of girls and the support of women already affected by FGM.
The book “In the Name of Tradition” focuses on the practice of female genital mutilation in Iran. Kameel Ahmady has spent several years working in humanitarian NGOs in Europe and Africa. It was during missions in Somalia, Egypt, Kenya and Sudan that he discovered excision. Having a vague memory of having heard about clitoris cutting as a child, he decides to look into the matter in his own community in Iran. This book is the result of research conducted between 2005 and 2015.
GAMS fights homophobia.
The End FGM European Network (End FGM EU) is looking for a dynamic Director to lead its activities, European (EU) level advocacy, bridge building between Europe and the rest of the world and fundraising functions
Meeting with Fatoumata Sidibé, Deputy of the Belgian Parliament.
“As a journalist, I wanted to give a voice to women who were fighting for their rights. This is how I got to interview Khadidiatou Diallo for AMINA magazine, at the very beginnings of GAMS Belgium. It was a revolution to see women as engaged as she was.”
We met Samia Youssouf, staffed community worker at the Liège branch of GAMS. She has been fighting FGM for many years, in Belgium and Djibouti. “I come from Djibouti, a country where all women are cut. The prevalence of FGM is more than 90%.
The contents of this book, written by Seydou Niang as a part of the Men Speak Out project, and produced with financial backing of the Daphne Programme of the European Union, are based on facts inspired by real-life situations. The aim is to enable both professionals and the public to learn methods of addressing the question of FGM with the communities concerned.
Marie-Fabienne Muyle is a general practitioner trained in Tropical Medicine. Since 1998 she works at the Travel Clinic of CHU St. Pierre, Brussels, the largest such clinic in Belgium. Fore over 10 years she also worked in a Family Planning Centre and at the School Health Service of the City of Brussels. Marie-Fabienne shares her experiences of awareness-raising and screening of FGM at the Travel Clinic.
Kadra Fahra is a community facilitator at GAMS Belgium. She was a volunteer for almost 3 years and became an employee at the beginning of 2016.
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