More Than A Survivor: An interview with Zenab

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?

Udaipur, Rajasthan

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

Kashmir Srinagar

What are some of your passions?

When I see any injustice towards weaker sections of society l become passionate to oppose it. I am also passionate towards patriarchy and religious tyranny.

What does an average day look like for you?

Pleasantly busy  

What are some things you do for self-care? 

Regular exercise, walking, and joking with neighbors and friends  

What are five words to describe you?

Islamic feminist and human rights activist  

What are your hobbies?  

Reading, writing and cooking  

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

I was a university teacher.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  

An activist  

What is your favorite food?

I am non-vegetarian but I enjoy vegetarian food, as well.

What is your proudest achievement?

When received retirement 

What is a hidden talent that you possess?

Knitting and stitching 

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