WHFS on BBC NEWS
WHFS’s Sharon Hanooman appeared on BBC TV News London, and the BBC’s Inside Out News programme last night (23rd February) to highlight the need for preventative support for women at risk of FGM /C (female genital mutilation / cutting).
‘There are women and girls at risk in this neighbourhood,’ she advised. Based in Tower Hamlets, WHFS is pressing for more preventative awareness programmes to stop this dangerous, harmful and illegal practice. WHFS recruits and trains local women volunteers who have been affected by FGM /C to become Peer Supporters. These women then engage with local communities to help end the practice and offer advice and support to women in need of medical assistance.
Also appearing on the programme was Hodo Ali, a prominent campaigner and activist against FGM/C who will also be speaking at a WHFS breakfast on Friday 6th March to mark International Women’s Day.
‘The implications for any women who undergoes FGM are horrendous,’ said Hodo Ali. ‘Women are scarred for life and as a survivor and campaigner I will do everything I can to support women at risk or who have already been traumatised by this appalling activity.’
The breakfast, where Hodo Ali is speaking, has been a sell-out event and is being hosted by Kate Tojeiro, founder of X-fusion, which specialises in executive coaching and leadership development.
‘I was inspired by both the work WHFS does and the way they operate. I immediately wanted to support their valuable work in this area,’ says Kate Tojeiro. ‘From my own work, I know how hard it is to change perceptions and engage people to change.’
View the BBC Inside Out News broadcast on FGM /C
Please click here to view the broadcast (approximately 9 minutes).
Halima Awad - FGM /C Project Co-ordinator
T: 020 7377 9643