Working Towards Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
Psychotherapist/ Lead Campaigner and Consultant
Founder of Dahlia Project
Leyla Hussein a Psychotherapist, an international lecturer on FGM and gender rights, her work has been presented at Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Leeds, Exeter, Coventry universities and many Ivy League faculties in the US, such us Columbia, Harvard, Georgetown, George Washington and Pennsylvania university, she is also a writer, she currently holds her own page with the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan magazine and The Guardian, however Leyla has also published articles with Newsweek, Mumsnet, Stylist Magazine and many more blog outlets.
She is the Founder of Dahlia Project a specialist psychotherapist/counselling service for survivors of Female Genital Mutilation and a multi-award winning campaigner on FGM and gender rights including Cosmopolitan Ultimate Campaigner Women of the Year Award 2010. In 2011 she won the Emma Humphrey Award, The Lin Groves Special Award for her work in raising awareness of violence against women and children. She also received the 2012 True Honour Award “by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Right organisation for recognising her work on preventing honour based violence, protecting victims/survivors and bringing perpetrators to justice. She received World Peace and Prosperity Foundation award in 2013. She was included in the BBC 100 Women List of 2013, voted 6th in the Woman’s Hour 2014 Power List, named by RedLine magazine Women of the Year 2014 and Debbets 500 List of Most Influential in the UK.
She co-founded Daughters Of Eve who are working to protect girls and young women at risk from FGM. She advises the UK-wide Tackling FGM Initiative, Desert flower foundation and Honour Dairies organisation and sits on Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary advisory group on Honour Base Violence. She sits on the Board of Directors for Safe Hands For Girls a non-profit origination working with Survivors of FGM based in the US and Gambia. She sits on the Home Office FGM working group and the NHS clinical group by advising policy makes on how to tackle FGM, recently appointed to advice the current public health minister on FGM in the UK and at an international level. Leyla is committee member of The Women of the world Festival, she advises on the small grants funds for Rosa for Girl’s charity. She is a fellow at the Royal Society Of Arts.
She is now consultant and a Global ambassador for the Girl Generation Program where she will provide safeguarding training to the ambassadors so that they are prepared adequately to deal with the particular challenges that might come with campaigning on this issue such as the media, implementing supervision procedures for emotional and psychosocial support, for TGG staff and members.
Leyla is the Chief Executive of Hawa’s Haven. Leyla Hussein is also a Community facilitator at Manor Gardens. The documentary she presented and contributed to “The Cruel Cut” with Channel 4 on FGM in the UK was nominated for a Bafta in 2014, The Amnesty Media Awards 2014 and Best Onscreen the EU Talent category for the CDN Awards 2014 and Broadcaster award 2015.
She successfully lobbied at a political level and, her e-petition ‘Stop FGM in the UK Now’ gathered over 100,000 signatures, triggering a much needed debate in Parliament on FGM in the UK. She was subsequently called in to give evidence at the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into the matter.
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