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Sandra moved to the UK from South Africa in 2000, and is now a Lead Nurse for Integrated Sexual Health in the NHS. Last year she won a prestigious ‘Leader of Inclusivity’ Award from the NHS London Leadership Academy for developing and training a highly

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Sandra was born in South Africa, and is now the Lead Nurse for Integrated Sexual Health at Whipps Cross and Newham University hospitals. She firmly believes that contraception and sexual health are key to giving women the freedom to pursue their ambitions. 1000women spoke to

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Hibo Wardere is a Somalia-born campaigner against FGM, who has worked with local councils, professionals and schools to end the practice. She came to the U.K. as an asylum seeker in 1989, having been subjected to over ten years of FGM-related trauma in her home

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Celia Jeffreys is the head of The National FGM Centre, which was set up in March 2015. The centre is led by the UK’s largest children’s charity, Barnardo’s, in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA), to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for women and

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"It is important to understand that when these people have travelled from Somalia or any other country, they bring back with them what they feel is their culture, their habits. So they do not see it is as a bad thing. For them, it is

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Dr. Momoh is a Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) public health specialist and campaigner for the abolition of FGM. She is of Nigerian descent and runs her own FGM clinic, The African Well Woman’s Clinic in London. She was awarded an MBE for services to women’s healthcare in

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Hosanna found out she was HIV-positive 15 years ago, and has since founded Hwupenyu Health and Wellbeing in Glasgow, a support service that aims to provide empowerment to women living with HIV. In 2016, she won the African Communities Award at the nOscars, a ceremony

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Hosanna's husband passed away after being diagnosed with HIV in Zimbabwe. HIV-positive herself, she has since moved to the UK and founded Hwupenyu Health and Wellbeing in Glasgow, a support service for people living with HIV and other health conditions. Here she relates the second

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Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride, and Head of Campaigns at the largest civil service trade union. Here she describes the demands on her time, and how important it is to take stock and self-care. Burnout and self-care are quite

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Affua came to the UK from Zimbabwe in 2002. She was diagnosed with HIV a few years after. Here she talks about how being diagnosed allowed her to discover new strength and a passion for volunteer work. HIV has revealed some ability and strength in me

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