Bethel is a 21-year-old student of Education studies and a campaigner that works to inform people about female genital mutilation and menstrual health. As well as being a lead outreach worker for Integate UK, Bethel is also the founder of Hidden Scars.
Bethel is very passionate about women's rights and women's health. This is shown through her work on FGM, menstrual health and her role as the women's officer for her university. As a student of Education, Bethel is also very passionate about the importance of education and how education can be a key way of informing young people about issues that are going on as we speak.
Hidden Scars was founded in February of 2015. This project works mainly in Leeds and Northampton and aims to work on informing professionals and students on female genital mutilation. They also work on providing disadvantaged girls with sanitary products in Leeds. This is done within schools and food banks in Leeds with education on sanitary products being an important part of the work.
Integrate UK is a youth based charity that focuses on female genital mutilation child sexual exploitation and radicalisation. As a lead outreach worker, Bethel goes into schools, sixth forms and universities nationally providing information on these issues.
"It was great having you in school again and the teachers all said you were fantastic with the Year 11 students."– Julie Harris, Abbey Grange C of E Academy
"Bethel has co-trained FGM sessions for professionals in Leeds which has helped to give them a deeper understanding of this practice and how they can respond sensitively. Thus far attendees have given positive feedback of Bethel’s input and have felt more confident at the end of the training in how they would respond."– Sharon Thomas, Safeguarding and Reviewing Officer, Leeds City Council
"Just a line to thank you so much for your excellent presentation at the start of our annual conference in Bristol last month. You did a fantastic job and everyone really enjoyed hearing what you had to say."– Julia Higgins, Administrator, Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC)
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