I. Specialised NGOs
(Group for the Abolition of Female Genital Mutilation) is an NGO whose mission is to protect young girls from female genital mutilation and to support women who have already undergone the procedure. GAMS organises discussion groups and workshops—on self-expression through movement, for pregnant women and for youth, as well as individual social and psychological sessions for adults and children. GAMS also organises a training programme for professionals in collaboration with INTACT. GAMS has several branches and works in all three regions of Belgium.
Brussels: 6 rue Gabrielle Petit, 1080 Molenbeek / 02 219 43 40
Namur:7 rue de la Tour, 5000 Namur / 0493 49 29 50
+ monthly consultations in Mons
Liège: 17 rue Agimont, 4000 Liège / 0479 586 946
Antwerp: Van Maerlantstraat 56, 2060 Antwerpen / 0495 93 93 18
INTACT is an NGO staffed by lawyers specialising in FGM, providing legal advice in the context of asylum applications based on protecting a girl or woman from FGM. INTACT also supports professionals seeking means of preventing a FGM. INTACT provides training to professionals, in collaboration with GAMS Belgium.
Rue du Progrès 333, 1030 Schaerbeek
02 539 02 04
II. Multidisciplinary centres for the care of women who have undergone FGM
There are two approved medical centres for the care of women who have undergone FGM in Belgium, offering multidisciplinary support on an individual basis. The centres provide a full range of psychological and surgical treatment, including deinfibulation, removal of a cyst and/or reconstruction of the clitoris, with costs entirely covered by INAMI/RIZIV.
CeMAViE (Medical Centre for Victims of FGM), CHU ST-Pierre, Bruxelles
11-13 Rue des Alexiens, 1000 Bruxelles (consultations every Tuesday afternoon)
02 506 70 91
Multidisciplinary Medical Centre for Genital Mutilation, Women’s Clinic, UZ Gent
C. Heymanslaan B, 9000 Vrouwenkliniek Polikliniek P3-P4 (consultations every Wednesday morning)
09 332 37 82 / 09 332 37 85
Additionally, several services (such as family planning centres) have FGM units staffed by specially trained teams (see below; contact GAMS Belgium for a full list).
The Family Planning Centre (FPS)
The Family Planning Centre (FPS) Liege has developed a multidisciplinary team (medical, social, psychological, legal) aimed at supporting the victims of FGM, as well as a weekly session at the maternity unit of the CHR Citadelle hospital for prevention activities and birth-preparation workshops.
17 rue des carmes, 4000 Liège
0473/626455 ou 04/2231373
III. Telephone helplines
The Flanders helpline (“Hulplijn”—dial 1712) offers callers the opportunity to ask questions or to report all forms of violence, including child abuse, domestic violence and FGM.
The Wallonia-Brussels Federation helpline (“Ecoute Enfants”—dial 103) offers advice to young people and parents facing difficulties. Staff members are also trained to respond to FGM-related problems.
IV. Research institutes with expertise on FGM
International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH), Ghent
International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH), Ghent – involved in national and European-level research projects on FGM, as well as offering training to professionals in Belgium.
Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp
Observatory of AIDS and Sexuality, Saint-Louis University, Brussels
Observatory of AIDS and Sexuality, Saint-Louis University, Brussels – contributed to several qualitative studies on FGM, in collaboration with GAMS Belgium.