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Dr. Leyla Hussein OBE

Global Advocacy Director, The Girl Generation, Support to the Africa-led Movement to End FGM/C

Dr. Leyla Hussein is a psychotherapist specialising in providing crucial support to survivors of sexual abuse. As the Global Advocacy Director for The Girl Generation: Support to the Africa-led Movement to End FGM/C programme, she is deeply committed to advancing the cause of ending female genital mutilation (FGM) and advocating for gender rights..

She is the visionary behind The Dahlia Project, the United Kingdom’s first specialized therapeutic service for FGM survivors and in 2018, she founded Magool, a technology startup that leverages her expertise as an activist and psychotherapist to develop emotional well-being tools while promoting the rights and well-being of women and girls. Driven by her passion for creating safe spaces for women and girls globally, she recently co-founded Safe Spaces for Black Women and in 2020 she made history as the first Black woman to be elected Rector of the University of St Andrews. .

Her numerous accolades include Cosmopolitan Campaigner of the Year in 2010 and being featured in prestigious lists such as BBC 100 Women, Woman’s Hour Power List, and Debretts 500 as one of the most influential people in the United Kingdom.