More Than A Survivor: An interview with Lubaina

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.


Where do you live?

Mumbai, India

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

Bangkok, Thailand

What are some of your passions? 

As an urban planner, I find joy in the everydayness of living, working, and problem solving in cities. Cities are wonderful! 🙂 

What does an average day look like for you? 

More recently, it revolves around the wonders and woes of my 17-month old! 

What are some things you do for self-care? 

I enjoy a monthly visit to the neighbourhood salon. 

What are five words to describe you?

Intelligent, loyal, reserved, funny, proud

What are your hobbies? 

Love reading, quiet painting time, and recently solving puzzles with my toddler 

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

Urban Planner / Architect

What did you want to be when you grew up? 

Many things, I find it so hard to even remember! 

What is your favorite food? 

Hmmm food type – desert! And Thai food! 

What is your proudest achievement? 

Many small moments of pride: post-graduation, authoring a report, having a child, but I’m still waiting for the proudest moment, working on it! 

What is a hidden talent that you possess? 

Working well with all sorts of people, if I have to!

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