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.

Interview:

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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