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
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
Hosanna was born in Zimbabwe, and was educated in Zambia and the UK for college and university. She was diagnosed with HIV 14 years ago, and has since founded Hwupenyu Health and Wellbeing in Glasgow, a support service for women living with HIV. Here she
Rachel is a postgraduate neuroscientist, and was the Vice President for Welfare and Community at King’s College London in 2015-16. She has a background in student activism and has previously held positions as a women’s officer at university.
This year, we held an open forum with
Yvonne is a single lesbian mother who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia over two decades ago. She now works for charity Thames Reach, and has also worked as a gay rights campaigner for more than thirty years.
I’ve been a lesbian since I left school. I
Gaby grew up in Wales, but spent 17 years in Yemen after being sold into child marriage by her father at the age of 13. After escaping to the UK, she eventually moved to Bristol and became one of the city's first female head-bouncers.
This year, a team from the University of Manchester published a paper in the American Journal of Public Health on the cumulative effect of racial discrimination on the mental health of ethnic minorities. 1000women spoke with two of the authors, Dr Laia Becares and Professor James
Susan came to the UK from Malawi in 2002. She was diagnosed with HIV in 2008, and is currently waiting on her application for asylum.
It was scary. It’s still scary. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I just thought that was it,
Moud became a refugee from Zimbabwe over six years ago. She now works at Micro Rainbow International, an organisation that provides support to LGBT asylum seekers and refugees.
Even after they get their status, most LGBT asylum seekers are still isolated, they are still living below
Sarah is from South Africa where she was victim of a horrendous practice called ‘corrective rape’. She identifies as a lesbian and was diagnosed with HIV in 2005.
I came to the UK in 2005 on a six month visa. When I left my country, things