Dr Leyla Hussein OBE | Global Advocacy Director for the Africa-led Movement to End FGM

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Dr Leyla Hussein OBE is a psychotherapist, specialising in supporting survivors of sexual abuse.

She is an international lecturer on female genital mutilation (FGM) and speaker on gender rights. She is recognised as one of the key experts on this issue globally and is a leading and award-winning international campaigner against all forms of violence against women and girls. Leyla founded The Dahlia Project, the UK’s first specialist therapeutic service for FGM survivors. In 2020, she was elected as Rector of the University of St Andrews for a three-year term, making history as the first Black woman to hold the position. She currently works as the Global Advocacy Director of The Girl Generation.

What one action would you like to see organisations, or the government take to drive gender equity?

I want to see more recognition of power dynamics to ensure that the focus is on centering the voices of women and girls. We cannot keep funding and investing in patriarchal systems where women and girls are left behind.