Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Healing and Empowerment for Survivors of FGM / Gender Based Violence

What is Tree of Life (ToL)?

The Tree of Life (ToL) is a survivor led trauma empowerment 1 day programme that offers a safe space for women who have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM) and other forms of Gender Based Violence to find healing, build community, and reclaim their power. It uses storytelling and metaphors to build resilience and reframe negative experiences.

TOL empowers women to share their struggles, support each other, and create a positive future.

ToL Workshop

A ToL workshop in London with staff working with refugee communities.

ToL is run by Co-funders of FGM. Set in Kenya by Sadia Hussain, and in Somalia by Ifrah Ahmed, they help survivors to become activists.

Sadia Hussein
Ifrah Ahmed

ToL workshop happens after the Born Perfect Caravan in every African country. This one day training provides survivors the tools to become advocates of FGM.

Tree of Life picture

A ToL diagram created in a ToL workshop.

The programme uses the metaphor of a tree to symbolise growth, strength, and overcoming adversity.

Benefits of Tree of Life


The Tree of Life Community is part of the Born Perfect Women’s Caravans. Together, we can create a future free from FGM.