San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Leyla Hussein, Hoda Ali, Mabel Evans and their fellow Vavengers invite you to an evening of music, spoken word and arts to raise funds for The Dahlia Project - a support group and counseling service for women who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Our aim is to use art as a vehicle for change, bringing young creatives together to raise awareness for important social issues. All proceeds of the event will be going directly to the charity.
--> The following acts will perform on the night:
THE DYLEMA COLLECTIVE (Neo-Spoken-Soul)
MEGAN BEECH (Spoken Word)
DUKE OF WOLVES (Rock)
TOKIO MYERS (Contemporary Classical)
YASMIN - STAND FOR HUMANITY (Spoken Word)
JOHN ARMSTRONG & MATTHEW BRAY (Rock / Pop)
NINA FINE (Jazz / Pop)
The event will be held in the style of Sofar Sounds, which means we will sit on the floor (of Amy Winehouse's old living room!) and listen quietly and attentively to the talent of our up and coming artists.
All artists will perform for about 20 minutes, and there will be breaks in between.
Handmade paintings and drawings will also be sold on the night in support of the charity, so please bring some cash!
Leyla Hussein is a trained Psychotherapist and multi-award winner. She is also a Community facilitator at Manor Gardens, where she now runs the Dahlia Project. Set up in 2013, it is the only counseling service for FGM survivors in the UK. Through her own personal experiences with FGMm as well as through contact with women also affected by FGM, she recognised the need that these women have for access to high quality psychological support. The project aims to provide a safe space for women and girls to unpack the effects of FGM.
The project has developed from her own vision as a psychotherapist and activist against FGM. With over 12 years of first-hand experience of providing support to women affected by FGM, she was determined to provide a safe space for survivors to meet and talk about their experiences.
Hoda Ali is a Survivor of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). At age 7 she was cut in Somalia. By age 11 Hoda experienced her first of many acute hospitalisations due to complications from FGM; stagnant infected menses had caused pelvic inflammatory disease. As a result of the small hole left after FGM, Hoda had been unable to menstruate. Hoda is a FGM activist/who works in a Sexual Health and HIV clinic. She has dedicated her professional life to raising awareness and campaigning for the prevention of FGM, focused on ensuring girls are treated with dignity and compassion when they encounter health care professionals in the NHS. Hoda is a trustee for 28toomany and is also a member of the North West NHS Trust FGM Advisory Board and Ealing FGM Partnership Group. Hoda is a survivor of FGM who voices the pain, comforts the victims and campaigns to protect the girls. Hoda trusts in life and a future and gives hope to FGM survivors.
Mabel is a young filmmaker who has been campaigning alongside survivors of FGM since she was 17. Following on from making a documentary about FGM, Mabel met Hoda and Leyla and began fundraising to erect the UK’s first anti-FGM billboards. An event was held by the Vavengers and the target was reached: In 2015, the first billboards were erected around London. She has since been an active supporter of Hoda, Leyla, the Dahlia Project and women's rights in general.