More Than A Survivor: An interview with Nevin

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 am a Keralite (native of Kerala State in India) currently working in Maliya Miyana, Morbi district of Gujarat.

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

I will always love to run back to Mumbai. The anonymity in Mumbai where no one cares how you are dressed or what you are doing; it gives a huge sense of security.

What are some of your passions?

Having political discussions with my comrades over cups of chai

What does an average day look like for you?

Lots of chai, field work, office, kitchen, catching up with friends, comrades and my mom

What are some things you do for self-care?

Being around my amazing friends

What are five words to describe you?

Loyal, rebel, fighter (will surely fall, weep, and scream, but will get up and fight the next day)

What are your hobbies?

I love to watch Netflix, snuggle up and watch fantasy series 

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

Dreams are so high.

One day want I to be contributing to gender and development like Naila Kabeer.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I had a new ambition per year till higher secondary; decided to be in development sector in 12th standard.

What is your favorite  food?

Every Malayali’s favourite fish curry, tapioca, rice and beef roast

What is your proudest achievement?

First girl ever to get out of the whole family and village for higher education; rank holder in graduation from Kerala University; got into Tata Institute of Social Sciences; met amazing people in my life

What is a hidden talent that you possess?

I have yet to find out.

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