This month we welcomed Hawa Sessay, founder and executive director of Hawa Trust, and a qualified social worker, who spoke to us about her own personal experience of Female Genital Mutilation, and how she has used this to help others.
We learned more about how FGM is a dangerous practice with devastating lifelong physical, psychological and emotional effects on the women and girls who are subjected to it. FGM violates the human rights of women and girls, and is child abuse.
Hawa also talked to us about the work of Hawa Trust, a grass-roots local organisation working in Hackney among African and other ethnic minority communities. They work to support communities to tackle FGM, engage with them to change attitudes, provide information for young women and girls, and provide referrals to other organisations and statutory services. They also address issues relating to HIV and AIDS, and domestic violence.
We also celebrated the beauty of all women with vulval inspired cupcakes made by committee member Rachel!
We have an action-packed month ahead of us in June, so check out our events page for details of the Well Street Common Festival, our usual meeting (about Suffrage in the East End) and our return to the Trowbridge Centre for a second Tea Dance with the Senior Citizens of Hackney Wick.