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Kate Agha – CEO

Kate Agha is the Executive Director and a Co-Founder of OAC. She has experience in outreach work with girls and women from migrant communities suffering all types of domestic abuse and specialised in supporting women at risk of honour-based violence. She has an MA in Humanitarian and Development Practice and previously practised law as a solicitor. Her research includes thesis study on violence against women in Pakistan and she has run local campaigns for Amnesty International Oxford City. Kate has a passion for working with young people and is the designer of the charity’s creative arts projects.

Kate Clayton-Hathway – Research Director

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.

Fatou Ceesay – Community Outreach Director

Fatou has a broad experience in working with vulnerable women including BME, refugee and migrant women who suffer from various forms of abuse. She is actively involved in the campaign against FGM and leads social media advocacy to end the practice. Her most recent role was with Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Service as Outreach Worker. She also works with Refugee Resource as Women’s Service Coordinator. Prior to coming to the UK, Fatou worked as a journalist in the Gambia for a bi-weekly newspaper (The Independent) where she ran a column on women’s empowerment. She holds a degree in International Relations and Business Management.

Kaddy Touray – Director

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 – Director

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.

James Tarlton – Volunteer Website Manager

James Tarlton is a Physics PhD student at Imperial College London and the University of Oxford. His research is in the area of trapped-ion quantum computing.

Patron and Trustees

Dr Brenda Kelly – Patron

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.

Papers and Blogs by Dr Kelly:

Should female genital cosmetic surgery and genital piercing be regarded ethically and legally as female genital mutilation? (25/01/2012)

Mandatory submission of patient identifiable information to third parties: FGM now, what next? (30/09/2015)

We need better data on FGM, not propaganda (31/07/2016)

When The Law is Not Enough: International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM (06/02/2018)

The narrative around FGM needs to move beyond prosecution (15/02/2018)

Joanne McEwan – Chair and Trustee

Joanne is a Public Health Nurse from Glasgow. She lived and worked for many years in Egypt, a country with high prevalence of FGM. Joanne led the FGM Working Group for Heath Visiting with Oxford Health NHS Trust 2014-18 and is the producer of Let’s Talk FGM, an app to facilitate sensitive discussion on FGM. She is a recipient of a Mary Seacole Leadership Award for the app.

Dr Sharon Dixon – Treasurer and Trustee

Toyosi Atoyebi – Trustee

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.

Richard Coleman – Trustee

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 Dobson – Trustee

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 Kiley – Trustee

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.

Caroline Pinder – Trustee

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.

Youth Wing

Sophia

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.

Millie

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.

Fatoumata

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.

Emily

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.

Toyosi

See above for biography.

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