Ann-Marie Wilson
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Ann-Marie founded 28 Too Many to work towards ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

By building, equipping and connecting a network of practitioners working to end FGM on the ground, as well as advocating internationally for its abolishment, Ann-Marie believes she can help bring an end to FGM in her lifetime.

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Location: Across Africa

Sector: Gender Empowerment

Year Selected: 2012

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Whilst volunteering in North Sudan, Ann-Marie met a 10 year old girl pregnant as a result of rape and unable to give birth naturally as a result of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It was then that Ann-Marie decided to devote herself to ending FGM.

Ann-Marie has spent many years in the corporate sector before moving into development, and has qualifications in psychology, cross-cultural studies and more. In September 2010, she launched 28 Too Many, a pioneering anti-FGM initiative working across 28 countries in Africa.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a traditional practice whereby the female genitalia is cut or altered, usually by non-medically trained women. It affects around 140 million women across 28 African countries.

Reasons given for FGM include promoting cultural identity, protecting tradition, preserving virginity and improving marriage prospects. In reality, it results in pain and has substantial emotional and physical repercussions.

Each year, FGM is performed on about three million girls. The vast majority of them have no say and no choice. To bring an end this harmful practice, Ann-Marie launched 28 Too Many.

Through 28 Too Many, Ann-Marie is building a network of organisations and individuals to tackle the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on the ground as well as advocate against it internationally.

A key strand of Ann-Marie's work is facilitating the development and sharing of resources, knowledge, skills and learning among practitioners. She's also developing programs to equip and educate girls, and raise public opinion and political will to end FGM.

By challenging FGM on both a local and a macro scale, Ann-Marie believes she can see FGM end in her lifetime, and is passionate about seeing this happen.

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