Meet our Social Justice Influencers!

 

We are so grateful to you for raising awareness to help end FGM, ‘honour’ based abuse and negative body image. You share our messages regularly, without hesitation, and we thank you for your passion and drive!

We want to show our gratitude by recognising you as a Social Justice Influencer!

 

Here are the wonderful people who have shared their online influence to support Oxford Against Cutting’s mission:

Rubie Marie

Rubie Marie

Our very own Ambassador, Rubie Marie, is a survivor of forced marriage and ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA). At the age of 15, Rubie was taken out of school, kept a prisoner and forced to marry and fall pregnant soon after. She endured family disownment and lived a life of poverty as a young single parent.

As well as becoming a leading activist against HBA, Rubie’s journey has taken her down the route of modelling and pageantry and she became Ms Galaxy UK National 2016, Ms Galaxy 2016/2017 International and Ms Earth UK National 2017/2018. In 2018 she achieved Ms Earth Wind first runner up and in February 2020 placed third runner up in Ms Great Britain.

Rubie is dedicated to motivating and empowering women and she has a strong passion for hope and healing. Read Rubie’s full biography here.

 

Hodo Ali

Hodo Ali

Hoda is a nurse and a survivor of FGM. She is a high profile anti-FGM campaigner, as well as a Community Outreach Project Manager for Safeguarding for Perivale Primary School. Hoda’s experience has propelled her to campaign to protect girls and comfort victims. You can see Hoda in conversation with our facilitator, Monica, here.

 

Hibo Wardere

Hibo is a survivor of FGM. She moved to the UK, from Somalia, and learnt that FGM was not ‘normal’ in the West. She embarked on a journey to understand FGM and its roots. Today, Hibo is a high profile anti-FGM campaigner and a global policy influencer and helps to prevent young girls avoid being taken abroad to be cut. You can see her interview with Monica here.

 

Sunny Angel

Sunny Angel is a Speaker, Campaigner, Author and Survivor of forced marriage. Her name has been changed by deed poll so she can share her story whilst safeguarding others. Ever since she was diagnosed with Atrial Septal Defect (hole in the heart), her mission has been to tell her story to help inspire others to heal and to support survivors of abuse.

Sunny shares some of her ordeal in these words:

“I was sexually abused as a child. At 17, I had a stalker who groomed me by threatening to hurt my family. He raped and tortured me in a locked house for 6 months. Following my escape, my parents allowed me back only to get rid of me through a forced marriage. I wasn’t ready for marriage and I left to go to a homeless shelter where I overdosed in attempted suicide. I woke up in the hospital feeling that death had rejected me too. My parents then coerced and forced my marriage to a man with disabilities”.

Sunny has co-authored a book “Wings”, based on her true story. She has given many speeches for professional groups and charities, including judges and the Major Crime Unit. She is a Finalist for the Heroine of the Year Award (Domestic Violence) 2017, Nominated for Author of the Year WLA 2017, Finalist for the British Indian Awards 2018 (Arts & Cultural Awareness), Winner for the Beautiful Survivors World of Honors – Ladies of All Nations International 2018, Winner of the She Inspires Award 2018 and True Honour Award 2019.

 

Babs Ceesay

Babs is a community nurse based in Oxford and a survivor of FGM. She is originally from the Gambia in West Africa and her passion is to use her experience of FGM to fight against harmful and traditional practices. She has worked with professionals and communities to raise awareness and encourage them to use shared knowledge and understanding to help end the practice. She is also a Survivor Ambassador for Savera UK.

 

Fatou Badjie Ceesay

Fatou is a passionate and dedicated gender activist who is known for her work in BAMER communities to end FGM, domestic violence and other harmful practices. She has worked extensively with vulnerable BAMER women including refugees, asylum seekers and migrants during her previous role at Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services as Domestic Abuse Outreach Officer and now at Refugee Resource as Women’s Service Coordinator. As a survivor of FGM herself, Fatou adds a powerful and authentic voice to the struggle to end FGM and other GBV issues.

Before coming to the UK in 2006, Fatou was involved with women’s issues, working as a columnist at a local newspaper in the Gambia, addressing women’s rights and equality. She has an NVQ3 in Pharmacy Technician and holds a first-class degree in International Relations and Business Management. She is Secretary-General of Care for Women and Girls charity in Birmingham. Fatou previously worked as Community Outreach Director for OAC.

In her free time, Fatou hosts live Facebook programmes on difficult conversations about issues affecting women and girls including FGM, polygamy, maternal mortality, sexual violence, breast cancer and objectification of women.

 

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