Ann-Marie Wilson - Britain

FGM originates in Africa, occurring in 28 of its countries and in diaspora communities. Through research reports, we share knowledge to help change laws, making FGM illegal. We educate girls at risk of physical and psychological harm from FGM. We advocate for change from within, partnering with communities.

As founder and executive director of 28 Too Many, I set the strategy and vision with the board, leading the management team and volunteers across the UK, Kenya and Mali. We work with UK and overseas governments, speaking at key international conferences, raising individual and church partners and rallying interfaith groups to end FGM in our generation.

Call

Working to end FGM and violence against women and girls, specifically across Africa and the diaspora where FGM is practised – aiming to reduce it by 10 per cent in 10 countries in 10 years.

Role

Through the charity 28 Too Many, which I founded, undertaking country-specific research and sharing knowledge with influencers to prevent FGM and protect girls.

More about Ann-Marie Wilson

I worked in HR for 12 years, and then ran a counselling practice. I used my business studies degree, psychology doctorate and counselling skills with Medair in Kosovo, northern Uganda, northern Kenya and northern and southern Sudan.

In West Darfur I met a girl who had experienced FGM at age five. At age ten, she was raped and fell pregnant by the militia who razed her village. I felt God calling me to speak out for girls like her – young, abused, abandoned and isolated.

I trained for five years in cross-cultural studies, Islam, anthropology, gender and development at All Nations Christian College, followed by midwifery and fistula rehabilitation in northern Pakistan and Nigeria. I volunteered for a UK FGM charity, then worked in a Somali refugee camp in northern Kenya before starting 28 Too Many.

I feel it is the duty of the Church to engage in pioneering justice issues such as ending FGM. Church Mission Society helps me gain prayer and support and access wider audiences. I have seen great advances in ending FGM, but the journey is not over yet. I believe it will end in my lifetime.



Past events:
19 May – Thrive Seminar – Church, mission and nations: in our interconnected world, how do we see church and mission impacted?
26 May – Thrive Seminar – Church, mission and our world: how do we see the church and its mission impacted globally?
2 June – Thrive Seminar – Reimagining church and mission in the light of COVID-19
3 June – Thrive Seminar – Supporting you to thrive during this time
4 June – Gender and Development Network (GADN)
4 June – Harmful Practices Working Group with Met Police
5 June – 28 Too Many Board Away Day
8 June – Child Abuse Linked to Faith and Belief Working Group with Met Police
10/11 June – 28 Too Many Strategy Days
12 June – MedAir AGM
16 June – International Day of the African Child
16 June – The End FGM EU Network, the University of Cambridge, Goldsmith Chambers and Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy presents “Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders: A British Legal Remedy to be Rolled out in other EU Countries?”
17 June – Royal College of Midwives: FGM & COVID-19 – impact on service provision and access
23 June – Thrive Seminar – Resilience
30 June – Diocese of London – Bereavement ministry and remembering following restricted funerals
1 July – Interview with Paul Hammond, UCB 1 Radio
2 July – Child Abuse Linked to Faith and Belief Working Group with Met Police
2 July – Harmful Practices Working Group with Met Police
2 July – Global Media Campaign – Media campaigns for FGM activists and religious leaders
7 July – Gender Justice at the Anglican Communion – Advocacy, Faith, Gender and COVID-19
7 July – Diocese of London – Holy Communion in a time of Covid-19
7 July – St Barnabas World Mission Support summer meet up
13–16 July – Thrive Ministry – Gather 2020 conference week
15 July – 28 Too Many Board Meeting
16 July – Gender and Development Network (GADN)
16 July – National Community of Pioneers Digital Meet up
21 July – Royal College of Midwives: FGM & COVID19 – impact on communities and community organisations
22 July – Inform Seminar: Sexual Abuse framed by Faith or Belief
22–24 July – CMS People in Mission conference
28 July – Radio interview with Lauren Jacobs, Radio Cape Pulpit 729AM – Voice Of Change
28 July – Diocese of London – Faith and Social Media Network
29 July – Harold G. Koenig, Duke University: COVID-19, Religion and Health
30 July – Harmful Practices Working Group with Met Police
30 July – National Community of Pioneers Digital Meet up
30 July–3 August – New Wine
27 August - Harmful Practices Working Group with Met Police
5 September - Edmonton LLM Autumn Study Day
24 September - Harmful Practices Working Group with Met Police

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