Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Leyla Hussein: Educated families are also perpetrators of Female Genital Mutilation

Fuuse launched Fuuse Forum, its series of dialogue events in September 2015. Fuuse Forum is a platform for open exchange on the most demanding issues that our society faces today. Fuuse Forum encourages the interchange of various vantage points through bringing forward hidden, alternative and excluded perspectives in an atmosphere of plurality and respect. Fuuse Forum cultivates this multiplicity of opinions to develop rounded understandings and practical recommendations relating to crucial current issues.

My Body, My Rights – Female Genital Mutilation is the 3rd forum of this series.


Leyla Hussein is a trained psychotherapist and a multi-award winning campaigner on FGM and gender rights. She was included in the BBC 100 Women list in 2013 and is included in Debrett’s 500 list of most influential people in the UK. She co-founded Daughters of Eve, an organisation working to protect girls and young women at risk of FGM. She advises the UK-wide Tackling FGM Initiative, the Desert Flower Foundation, and the Honor Diaries organisation. She sits on the board of directors for Safe Hands For Girls, a non-profit organisation working with survivors of FGM based in the US and the Gambia. Leyla is now a consultant for The Girl Generation programme and is the Chief Executive of Hawa’s Haven. Leyla Hussein is also a Community Facilitator at Manor Gardens, where she now runs the Dahlia Project, the only counseling service for FGM survivors in the EU.

Her documentary “The Cruel Cut” which aired on Channel 4 in the UK was nominated for a BAFTA in 2014, The Amnesty Media Award 2014, Best Onscreen Talent category for the CDN Awards 2014 and the Broadcaster Award 2015. Her work has triggered a much needed debate in Parliament on FGM in the UK in which she has been a major influence. Leyla blogs at the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine and The Guardian. She is also a guest lecturer on women and girls’ rights, and has spoken at Universities across the UK and US as well as many national and international human rights conferences.

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