GAMS Belgium, established in 1996, is a group of African and European men and women, struggling for the abolition of female genital mutilation. The association not only organizes outreach activities to affected communities, awareness campains and training for professionals, but also advocates at national and international level in favor of the abolition of sexual mutilation. GAMS supports individual efforts for victims of mutilation by guiding them to appropriate services (health services, legal aid, ...). Since 2009, GAMS provides individual psychological counseling and organsizes support groups.
LA BOITE À IMAGES
LA BOITE À IMAGES from Liège is an association founded in 2001 that promotes social, educational, cultural and humanitarian photography. They develop committed projects in the form of exhibitions and books in particular, and organize courses, workshops and educational activities.
Christophe Smets, born in 1972, is a photographer. He graduated from the Institut Saint-Luc (Liège). In 2001 he won a scholarship from the Fondation belge de la Vocation, and founded the association La Boîte à Images. Committed and passionate about photography, he has traveled the world for more than 15 years, in search of peoples and cultures. His work featured in the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi and in the Maison Doisneau Paris. Several Belgian and international media published his footage. Integration, education and poverty are some of his favorite themes. Christophe Smets also founded the association "Fais-moi une école" (www.faismoiuneecole.org) established to promote education in the South.
Céline Gautier, born in 1977, is a journalist who graduated in Roman Languagesand Literatures (UCL). For 10 years, she writes for various Belgian and foreign media, with a predilection for in-depth reporting, portraits and field reports. She currently divides her time between ELLE Belgique magazine and personal projects.
Marie Bryon, born in 1974, graduated in Economics and Consular Sciences (ICHEC). Interested in the "elsewhere" and the "others", she specialized in Developing Countries. Later on she decided to focus her career on her other passion: writing. In 2002, Marie was appointed Chief-Editor of the Journal du Pharmacien and extended her journalistic collaboration towards other media (Femmes d’Aujourd’hui, Top Santé, Le Journal du Médecin, etc.). Meanwhile, she travels the world to take part in various projects of education and development.
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