Ade Daramy is a Sierra Leonean journalist, broadcaster, social commentator, motivational speaker and media trainer. He has worked with the BBC World Service, he is a presenter on Colourful Radio in the UK and is also an editor at the Journal of Sierra Leone Studies and African lifestyle magazine, Promota Africa.
“I agreed to become a FORWARD ambassador having grown up in Sierra Leone and known someone who passed away after going away to be initiated (FGM). I believe the battle is not solely to be fought by women and that men should also play a role in joining in the debate and raising awareness.”
Gavin Weston is a multi-media artist, writer, lecturer and inventor who has worked in West Africa. His debut novel, ‘Harmattan’, was set in Niger, West Africa and tackled the issue of child marriage. FORWARD launched the book with Gavin on International Day of the Girl Child 2012 to raise awareness of this pressing issue. Gavin has recently been appointed writer in residence for Northern Ireland’s prisons through the Prison Arts Foundation.
“Being invited to be an ambassador for FORWARD was a pivotal point in my life. I feel passionate and angry that thousands of child marriages occur every day. Change can happen, and we must continue to chip away, by whatever means, and make it happen again. We can and must end child marriage!”
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Bumi Thomas is a multidisciplinary artist inspired by her multicultural heritage. The ethos of her creative and social policy is deeply rooted in transcending boundaries, pursuing opportunities to drive positive change using art and music as mechanisms of empowerment, whilst stimulating inter- cultural dialogue.
“I became an ambassador of FORWARD to be proactive in channelling my creative talents to safeguarding Women’s rights and creating awareness about issues restricting the empowerment of Women in society. FORWARD is such an Innovative organisation that is skilled at implementing initiatives to promote women’s empowerment and to place women’s rights at the centre of socio-economic development in Africa and various communities in the Diaspora. It is really an honour to serve and represent them.”
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