Who we are


 FORWARD (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development) is committed to gender equality and safeguarding the rights of African girls and
women. They are a leading African diaspora women’s campaign and support organisation working through partnerships in the UK, Europe and Africa to transform lives, tackling human rights violations that affect the dignity and wellbeing of girls and women. FORWARD focus on female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and obstetric fistula.

Contact person:
Toks Okeniyi (Head of UK Programmes and Operations)
Email: toks@forwarduk.org.uk
Phone: +44 (0)20 8960 4000


GAMS Belgium, is the oldest and largest organisation in the field of FGM prevention in Belgium with country wide programmes including in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia. GAMS Belgium has staff with range of competencies: midwifery, clinical psychologist, anthropologist, and community educators. GAMS Belgium is recognised by the government bodies (cabinets and administrations) and was involved in the introduction of FGM in the Violence Against Women National Action Plan. GAMS Belgium coordinates “Strategies concertées de lutte contre les MGF”, a multidisciplinary network of professionals and members of the communities to improve coordination of actions and ensure efficiency and quality of work.

Contact person:
Fabienne Richard (GAMS Belgium Director)
Email: fabienne@gams.be
Phone: +32 (0) 2 219 43 40

logo himiloHIMILO Foundation in Netherlands was established in 2006 and is member of FSAN (Federation of Somali Association). The organisation support the Somali community with community development programs and capacity building activities. HIMILO has also very good contacts with Sudan, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia communities. Several of their members have been trained by FSAN and Pharos as key figures.

Contact person:
Mohamed Bashir (community Educator)
Email: midnimo@himilo.org
Phone: +31 643 298 027

The Institute of Tropical Medicine in ITM-logo_BGAntwerp (ITM) is a renowned centre of excellence for research, training, and services in tropical medicine. The ITM has coordinated two FGM prevalence studies in Belgium in 2010 and 2014. Since 2001 a module on FGM prevention and care is part of the Master of Public Health programme and the Post-Graduate courses. The department of Public Health has a successful team of social scientists who have an excellent track record investigating in fields of medical research where human behaviour in poorly understood.


Contact person:
Sarah O’Neill (Postdoc Researcher)
Email: soneill@itg.be
Phone: +32 (0)3 345 57 87


EU-logo The MEN SPEAK OUT project is co-funded by the DAPHNE Programme of the European Union