Prevention and fight against female genital mutilation: an inspiring experience from Belgium (Childhub webinar)

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Date of webinar: 
12 Jun 2019
Start and finish time of webinar: 
2-3pm CEST
Lecturer: 
Seydou Niang, Coordinator of the community relays of Gams Belgium
Stéphanie Florquin, Coordinator of Concerted Strategies to Combat FGM at Gams, Belgium

Seydou joined the GAMS team in January 2015. He coordinates the activities of the "Men Speak Out" project in Belgium. He has been active in the field of violence and in particular FGM since 2003 with the NGO Tostan, first in Senegal as facilitator, supervisor and assistant coordinator, then in France as a trainer on violence issues under a sociocultural approach in relation with human rights. Seydou also works as a field agent for the AIDS Prevention Platform as part of the "Action Test" project; a project for rapid, free and anonymous HIV testing in the Brussels-Capital Region for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa.

Stéphanie Florquin works at GAMS Belgium since 2016. She coordinates the professional network of the "Stratégies Concertées de lutte contre les MGF (SC-MGF)" (Concerted Strategies to Combat FGM). She also coordinates international projects and conducts qualitative research. Stéphanie has a Bachelor's degree in International Development and a Master's degree in Sociology Gender and Social Policy.

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ChildHub

About the webinar:

"Building Relationships through Innovative Development of Gender-Based Violence Awareness in Europe - BRIDGE" is a regional project aiming to strengthen the statutory response to gender-based violence (GBV) affecting children and youth on the move in EU countries.

The BRIDGE project is supported by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) and is carried out in five countries:

  • Belgium (under the coordination of Defence for Children International – DCI Belgium and Fedasil);
  • Greece (under the coordination of Arsis – Association for the Social Support of Youth);
  • Hungary (under the coordination of Terre des hommes Regional Office for Europe as project lead);
  • Malta (under the coordination of Kopin Malta);
  • Romania (under the coordination of Terre des hommes Romania).

As part of the BRIDGE project, a series of webinars will be organized to discuss the issues of GBV and share good practices. The first webinar in this series will take place on June 12th, with a start at 2pm CEST focusing on female genital mutilation (FGM) and the fight against this gender-based violence.

The purpose is to present a concrete experience of work, prevention, and sensitization on FGM. We will present you an association (le GAMS Belgique) that works in the FGM field with a global approach of this issue: their way to work, their tools, the results they have obtained and the difficulties they have faced. The interventions will be based on the Belgian situation but their aim will be to give to professionals, associations and other organizations, keys to help them manage FGM-related situations and inspire them in their work.

Join us to learn about GAMS’ community work with the community workshops and the training of community relays, how GAMS work with professionals and what tools they have developed!

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