In the photo I took in February 2011 in London, midwife and author Comfort Momoh sits to the left of Leyla Hussein who had just acted in Muted Cry, a play about FGM dramatizing debate among generations of Somali immigrants. Movement veterans, Comfort and I had been friends for years, but having had the first opportunity to admire Leyla, I knew she would become the powerful voice of change – against FGM – from within that we have seen over the last few years.
LEYLA HUSSEIN, psychotherapist and social activist, co-founded Daughters of Eve [http://www.dofeve.org/leyla-hussein.html]; Hawa’s Haven (‘Safeguarding Somali Women and Children’) [https://hawashaven.wordpress.com/] and Dahlia’s Project [http://www.mayacentre.org.uk/dahlia-project-survivors-fgm/]. Leyla also won the Cosmopolitan Ultimate campaigner Women of the Year Award in 2010 and the Emma Humphrey Award in 2011
YOU CAN HEAR HER SPEAK AND SEE HER STUNNING FILM on October 1 at Harvard, in part sponsored by UnCUT/VOICES Press. Please click on the flyer.