Sadia Hussein, representing Kenya, is a women’s rights activist and female genital mutilation (FGM) survivor who advocates for ending the practice.
Where Sadia began:
Sadia being a survivor of FGM understands first and foremost the pain FGM brings. Having been put through this at the age of 10, she has had many struggles, including enduring three days of child labour due to complications because of FGM.
Ten years an activist Sadia Hussein shares her progress with the campaign at the end FGM campaign.Before GMC:"I used to knock on doors, TV, and radio… I didn’t know how to use them. And there was no one there to support us." Sadia Hussein Click To Tweet "We were taught us how to use social media, WhatsApp and Facebook, and taught how to become a journalist… how to get our stories covered." Sadia Hussein Click To Tweet
Sadia also shares…”We went to villages that have no network coverage. We as journalists now go to these remote places and we get the stories covered, the stories are then everywhere… Facebook Twitter and all over the media.”"I used to knock on doors, reaching no more than 1000 people, today my TV conversations can reach millions." Sadia Hussein Click To Tweet
Changing Tana River FGM perspectives – from 89% perference to 5%
“Since gaining media skills that I obtained from the Global Media Campaign to end FGM during October 2017 and the media academy at Kapenguria in West Pokot, I have worked hard to change the mindsets of my community through Radio engagement, and today I can confidently say that in Tana River County, I am driving down the rate of support for FGM type 3 from 89 percent to just 5 percent in 3 years. I now have 4 FGM-freee villages and hundreds of girls who are not cut.”Sadia Hussein
Having worked closely with GMC for many years, starting out as a media activist, and growing into a End FGM champion and winner of the Commonweath Points of Light Award by her Majesty the Queen, she is now taking the next step by standing for election in her country. This August Sadia is contesting for a seat as the Woman Representative for Tana River County.
Her main mission will be to:
- Empower women economically
- Support policy reviews and change the budgetary allocation for EndFGM activities
Watch Sadia Hussein in action here.