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Kate Agha is the CEO and Co-Founder of Oxford Against Cutting. She has experience in one-to-one outreach work with girls and women from migrant communities suffering all types of domestic abuse and honour-based abuse. She has an MA in Humanitarian and Development Practice and previously practiced law as a solicitor. Her research includes violence against women in Pakistan and the effectiveness of the legal system. Kate has a passion for working with young people and advocacy through creative arts. She is married to a Pakistani man and enjoys reading and learning Urdu in her freetime.
Dr Kate Clayton-Hathway is the Research Director and Co-Founder of OAC. She is a Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University specialising in gender equality issues. Building on a successful career in HR and change management, Kate returned to study to gain an MA in Equality and Diversity from London Metropolitan University. Her interest in diversity and human rights has extended to roles as a campaign and volunteer coordinator for Oxford City Amnesty International and she has been Community Outreach Coordinator for Oxford International Women’s Festival.
Kaddy is an Anti-FGM Advocate and studying to become a midwife. She previously volunteered as Women’s Rights Coordinator for Amnesty International Gambia and is a representative of the Oxford Gambian community. She is passionate about stopping inequalities between men and women, ending violence against women and girls and human rights.
Lena El-Hindi is a Capacity Building and Training Specialist and Representative of the Oxford Sudanese community. Lena previously worked as Gender and Child Rights Advisor for Plan International, UNFPA and the UN Ministry of Welfare in Sudan. Lena has graduated from a combined degree in Law and Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is currently reading an LLM in Human Rights Law.
Hassan is a highly active member of the Oxford Somali community and deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, particularly for young people. He has been a football coach and Chairman of East Oxford United for 10 years, and supports boys from various minority ethnic groups to participate in matches across the county. He also took a boys’ team from the UK to a football tournament in Russia in 2017 and regularly organises tournaments for community football teams. Most recently, Hassan co-founded the Diversity Football League to bring community groups together in their love of football. In 2018, Hassan co-led Oxford Against Cutting’s FGM and Football Project, supporting learning about healthy relationships through workshops and sport. He currently leads our men’s work, helping raise awareness of FGM and encouraging men to take an active role in helping end the practice. In 2017 Hassan won Volunteer of the Year Award by Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action. He also runs a small informal charity to support children in Mogadishu to go to school.
Nesreen is a paediatrician and campaigner against FGM from Egypt. She previously worked as a GP in Egypt, at a state health centre in one of the poorest rural areas of the country. In this role, Nesreen was regularly asked to carry out FGM as a medical procedure. She did of course refuse and these requests gave her an opportunity to raise awareness about the harms and risks involved in FGM with individual families. She also worked with various NGOs, bringing health education to rural communities. Nesreen then moved to Oxfordshire and currently works as a paediatrician. She continues to raise awareness against the practice of FGM in her work with Oxford Against Cutting, facilitating workshops with students, communities and teachers, particularly in the medical profession.
Dot is Project Coordinator at Oxford Against Cutting, working to raise awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage through education and conversation. Dot co-facilitates safeguarding training for teachers, as well as workshops for young people on FGM, forced marriage and body image. Alongside her role at Oxford Against Cutting Dot is a mentor with Refugee Resource and a trustee for The Young Women’s Music Project. Dot holds a BA in Philosophy.
Sobia has been working in education for 25 years, at Oxford Brookes University, supporting under-represented groups to access higher education. She has led projects that have won several awards for the university and was a guest speaker at the Step Up Conference, an event to inspire Black and Minority Ethnic students. Her projects have included a mentoring project for young people at the Oxford Central Mosque to improve attainment in Maths and English and confidence at school. In 2012 she was nominated by the university to attend the Queen’s Garden Party in recognition of her exceptional personal achievements and work in the community. She has a degree in International Relations.
Monica Majumdar-Choudhary is a Facilitator for Oxford Against Cutting, with expertise in body image and social media. She is currently the Marketing Manager for Retail Market Group and has worked within the marketing field at Oxford Brookes University as Social Media Officer and Community Engagement Officer. Monica is currently pursuing a PhD at Queen Mary University of London, specialising in the psychological impact of skin lightening products for South Asian women. Monica’s research for her MSc focused on colourism and body identity which was later published by Shades of Noir in ‘Biological Pigment Bias: Perspectives on Colourism’. Monica is passionate about fighting against stigmas in South Asian communities and empowering women and girls.
Agya is working as Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategic Officer for Thames Valley Black Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugees project and is currently seconded for a day per week at Oxford Against Cutting. She has experience in working with women from various ethnic, social and economic backgrounds in Nepal and in the UK. Agya is also affiliated to Samaanta Foundation, a charity supporting higher education of underprivileged children in Nepal.
Dr Brenda Kelly is a Consultant Obstetrician working at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. She has a longstanding interest in female genital mutilation (FGM) and in 2014, established the Oxford Rose Clinic. This clinical service provides holistic care and support for women and girls with FGM with access to specialists in women’s health and psychology. She is also proud to be Patron of Oxford Against Cutting.
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Caroline is an International Development Consultant, specialising in women’s empowerment and gender equality issues. She has worked for DFID, World Bank, CARE, and many other aid agencies. Caroline is also volunteer Research Co-ordinator with 28 Too Many, an international NGO concerned with elimination of FGM in the 28 African countries where the practice continues.
Dr Sharon Dixon, Treasurer (MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP, DCH) is the Oxfordshire GP Lead on FGM, as well as the National FGM Lead for the Royal College of General Practitioners. Sharon is a GP partner in Oxford at the Donnington Medical Partnership. She currently holds an NIHR In-Practice fellowship within the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, and as part of this she is undertaking a research project exploring what GPs think would help them support their patients who may be affected by FGM. She has been part of a team running a series of patient and public involvement events to explore community and professional perspectives on research and service priorities in FGM, which culminated in a multi-disciplinary conference under the auspices of the Sheila Kitzinger Programme. She is a member of the Oxford Refugee Health Initiative project.
Richard is a solicitor and Partner at Royds Withy King in Oxford where he specialises in clinical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants and their families. Richard loves travel and experiencing different countries and cultures and is also a passionate follower of most sports, especially his beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.
Miranda is a Trustee for OAC and the Communications Manager for Orchid Project, an anti-FGM charity based in London. Prior to joining Orchid Project, Miranda gained experience as a journalist, a marketer for Oxford University Press, and most recently in charity communications. She is passionate about women’s rights, and set up the Oxford branch of anti-street harassment organisation, Hollaback! Miranda holds an MSc in Modern Literature from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in English literature from Newcastle University.
Benn is a Director at Oxfordshire Counselling and Psychology Practice Ltd. He is a person-centred therapist but also brings his background in philosophy into his work. He also holds a position within A2Dominion securing and managing contracts for vulnerable people (homeless, young people, extra care, domestic abuse) across the South East. He is the longest serving member of Homeless Link’s National Advisory Council. When not working, Benn would most like to be found outside somewhere, ideally up a mountain.
Faith Oyegbile is a Health Visitor who was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK in 2005. She has a BSc in Adult Nursing and previously worked in acute general medicine. Faith recently completed a PGDip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. She has a passion for health promotion and education, especially amongst women. Faith supports survivors of FGM in her healthcare work in Oxford.
Liz had a 25-year career in the emerging digital industry working both in the UK and abroad. She now runs a coaching consultancy and a charitable foundation and has a special interest in helping to work against FGM. She is also a founder member of ‘The Funding Network Oxford‘. Liz’s passion outside work is to help young people with business planning and establishing their own businesses. She loves innovation and is interested in world politics.
Naseem is an experienced, broadly qualified Counsellor and Facilitator, with expertise in child welfare and engaging with families. Naseem has knowledge of cultural diversity in hard-to-reach BAME communities and language skills in English (mother tongue), Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. Naseem’s areas of interest and experience include bereavement counselling, young carers, child sexual exploitation and honour-based abuse.
I have been involved with OAC and the Youth Wing since the very beginning. With my strong passion for human rights, working with other young people has been inspiring. I’ve also been given amazing opportunities, for example speaking at conferences and taking part in Integrate UK’s music video, #myclitoris. In the future I wish to continue working with other people and performing arts and plan to do Psychology and Drama at A-level.
I’m 15 and just completing year 10. I got involved with the youth wing after doing a project on FGM for school and realising that I had to do something to help. I love music so working on a song about body rights for OAC has been amazing. I hope I can keep helping the charity raise the awareness that is needed about FGM.
Millie is in her last year of school and aims to travel before studying history and politics at university, then going into journalism. She is passionate about women’s rights, especially in the context of intersectionality, and thinks that initiating conversations on supposedly “taboo” subjects is a key way to raise awareness.
I am a writer, currently studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Warwick University. I heard about FGM though a society in my sixth form and this resulted in me co-leading FGM discussions with my peers. I have been involved with Oxford Against Cutting for 2 years, during which time I have helped to create educational resources for young people. I am keen to raise awareness of FGM through educational projects as well as help prevent the practice through campaigns and working with FGM survivors.
I am 19 years old and I have been interested in FGM since the age of 14. I want to do something for our women.
Oxford born-and-bred, I have always had a passion for art as well as human rights. I am currently studying anthropology at university and hope to continue combining creativity with activism well into the future.
I am currently in my last year of school and hope to study medicine at university. I have a strong passion for human rights which has led me to join Amnesty International groups and the OAC Youth Wing. I hope that I can use my medical career in future to help to improve the lives of those who have undergone FGM and to raise awareness of the harm that it causes.