“#nofgm I am not a victim. I am a survivor. I am bold and gobby. I was hurt when I was 6yrs. I have no fear and will fight my way to end FGM. I will talk and dissect FGM. I will share my pain and my journey for all to understand the plight of 200 million women and girls.”
Hibo Wardere is a Somali-born campaigner against female genital mutilation, author, and public speaker.
Growing up as an East African having heard stories of our mothers and generations before us that have suffered from FGM in silence, Hibo is a hero to me. She is brave and making a change that is vital. She says women all over the world have been conditioned to aspire to get married and have children. Once she got married and had kids, she started to become what she hated, a housewife cooking and cleaning all day long until she sought a job and became a classroom assistant. Shortly after, she realised she neglected herself mentally, emotionally and described herself as a miserable human being. This is when her self discovery began.
Hibo isn’t just a survivor but also a mother of 7. So charismatic and bubbly, her amazing spirit matches her fascination with colours perfectly! She loves bright flowers dearly and shares that her love for colours stems from the positive connection she had with them since young. Even prior to being mutilated, colours brought her happiness and are what helped her overcome her trauma. As soon as she wore that bright yellow dress, she felt untouchable. “It's like a drug, I am addicted to colours ,it’s part of my healing”
She reminds us to use our difficulties and traumas as a weapon to navigate through life. Hibo says, very simply but honestly, trauma is a window to ur own soul. It shows you your vulnerability in a magnified way, it shows you your strength in a magnified way. Use your trauma to become better and to better the world.
She said ” like and LOVE yourself. If you have these two things , you own your own thoughts, you own skin, you basically own your own life. That means you are a free woman. A powerful free woman. because if you can look into the mirror and say I love the person that is staring back, there is nothing in this world you can’t achieve. That is a very hard thing to achieve but is achievable."
Based in London, Sali is a freelance photographer who relocated to the UK from Sweden, at a young age. As an architecture graduate with several years experience working in the field, Sali’s passion for photography emerged after developing a keen interest in structural design. The parallels between the two ultimately created a strong foundation towards Sali’s photographic style.
Sali's photographs have contributed towards various notable events and causes in London and have also been published by respected establishments such as Channel 4, BBC and BuzzFeed. Her keen eye for detail and enthusiasm towards capturing still imagery has pushed her to be committed in delivering guaranteed results whilst still remaining true to her unique artistic vision.
Alongside our second print issue, shado has produced a 3-month photography project with 18 photographers around the world where each photographer has responded to the brief I AM A WOMAN.
There is no one way of defining what it personally means to identify as a woman – and we wanted to leave it to a community of photographers to open up these interpretations.
Print Quality: 600 dpi
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