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Good Girls Don't Podcast

Feb 16, 2020

**WARNING** This episode contains a lot of swearing and deals with strong themes of sexual violence. Please take care while listening and look after your mental heal and wellbeing.

Female Genital Mutilation is on the rise in Australia where it is strictly illegal - but why is this the case? On today's episode of Good Girls Don't Podcast, Verity and Ashleigh sat down with activist, advocate, and all-round fierce feminist, Khadija Gbla to attempt to wrap our heads around what FGM is, and how it's happening in our neighborhoods. 

We spoke to Khadija about:

  • Her powerful, viral TEDTalk that she winged, from the heart
  • How humor helps to ease the discomfort of a taboo topic and opens the door for real discussion
  • The three types of FGM
  • FGM in the white, western world (it's more common than you might think!)
  • How FGM is being perpetrated by Doctors and backyard practitioners
  • The devastating, lifelong trauma and impact of FGM
  • Unpacking the intersectionality of FGM, how and why it's done and;
  • What it means to the Mother-Daughter relationship of survivors
  • The road from victim to survivor and choosing to take back your power, every day

Who is Khadija Gbla, Anyway?

Khadija Gbla is a high profile, passionate and inspiring African Australian woman. She is an award-winning human rights activist, entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, facilitator, philanthropist, and mentor.

Khadija provides advocacy, training, speaking on domestic and family violence, sexual health, racism, human rights, mental health, migrants and refugees and cultural diversity through her cultural consultancy, Khadija Gbla Cultural Consultancy.

She is the Founder of The Desert Flower Center Australia. The Desert Flower Australia is the first center in Australia and the Asian Pacific region that specializes in providing holistic, comprehensive gynecological, urological reconstructive surgery and trauma-informed care for women impacted by female genital mutilation.

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Twitter KhadijaGbla

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