More Than A Survivor: An interview with Jenny

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? 

I live in Kentucky.

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

I have lived in many places. Oklahoma was probably my favorite place I lived.

What are some of your passions? 

I am passionate about my kids, about being a mom, and passionate about women’s issues. 

What does an average day look like for you? 

At this time, with Covid-19, an average day will find me homeschooling my kids during the day, and then working as a nurse several nights a week. 

What are some things you do for self-care? 

I enjoy books on tape or just sitting reading. I enjoy lighting a candle and taking a warm bath. I try to take just a few minutes to myself each day. 

What are five words to describe you?  

I am loyal, compassionate, observant, hard working and patient.

What are your hobbies? 

I enjoy hiking, reading, sewing and quilting.

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

I am a registered nurse. I always wanted to be a teacher for the deaf. 

What did you want to be when you grew up? 

I wanted to be a teacher for the deaf.

What is your favorite food?

Anything sweet!

What is your proudest achievement? 

When Kentucky passed a law against FGM/C, knowing I had been a part of something that not only protected my daughters, but also other little girls, too. 

What is a hidden talent that you possess? 

I can play the piano and sing. I can read lips.

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