More Than A Survivor: An interview with Alifya

Sahiyo understands that being a survivor of female genital cutting (FGC) is just one moment of your life and only one part of who you are as a person. Oftentimes, being labeled as a survivor can prevent people from seeing a person in any other context beyond survivorship.

Our campaign, #MoreThanASurvivor, explores our individuality and shows the world what makes us unique. After all, who we are is made up of all the moments in our lives, not just one.

Interview:

Where do you live? 

Pune, India 

Where’s the favorite place you have traveled to, lived in, or would like to visit?

Grown up in Saudi Arabia & Pune, love European culture in general. (Career in French)

What are some of your passions?

Cultures, Languages, technology, marketing, helping people, food, art

What does an average day look like for you?

Lots of sales and marketing, mentoring colleagues, training translators and these days,  cooking & webinars!

What are some things you do for self-care?

Play substitute-therapist to friends, dancing and lot of writing! (Puppy videos are a huge stress buster, too.)

What are five words to describe you?

Creative, emotional, streetsmart, tech-savvy & people-person

What are your hobbies?

Getting to know new people, traveling, exploring cultures of the world, discussing psychology & reading science-fiction

What is your profession or what career would you like to be in?

Language & localization industry

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Dance choreographer / interior designer

What is your favorite food?

Anything southeast Asian: Chinese and Thai are favourites!

What is your proudest achievement?

Being financially independent and moving out of my parent’s place

What is a hidden talent that you possess?

Creative writing

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