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“A mother and a child dying, that never made sense to me. How can women still continue  to struggle for something that is preventable? No mother or their baby should die in childbirth just because of poverty” - Aminata Conteh-Biger

In an in-depth interview with BBC Outlook, Aminata talks about her childhood in Sierra Leone, being abducted by armed rebels, and commencing a new life in Australia.

Holding back nothing, Aminata describes the challenges of the birth of her own child and how it catalysed her to help women and babies in Sierra Leone through the Aminata Maternal Foundation.

“We went into labour…after 9 hours it started to go really bad. I remember her not crying. There was silence in the room… We thought something had gone wrong; we had lost her. Then a few minutes later, we heard her cry. I had 7 doctors in the room to make sure I survived, and she survived. Because I was in Australia I survived, my child survived… [If I was in Sierra Leone] I would have died, she would have died.”

Listen to Aminata's moving interview with Emily Webb on BBC Outlook.

Interested in learning more about Aminata's journey? Check out her memoir 'Rising Heart'. The purchase of your copy will help the Aminata Maternal Foundation achieve its vision that 'No woman or baby dies in childbirth in Sierra Leone due to poverty.' A portion of the royalties from Rising Heart will be donated to the Aminata Maternal Foundation.

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"It is important for me to support ovarian cancer simply because it is a woman issue. I realise that anything that affects any woman will affect me too. Women issues are not talked about and I personally feel like there is more noise then action. Also as a woman of colour we find it difficult to talk about diseases. Where I come from, in Sierra Leone West Africa, there is absolutely no knowledge, research or cures for any type of cancers. So again, any women issues, I make my issues.⁠

Since the beginning of time, any issues or concerns that are about women's bodies, feel like taboos. Women even find it difficult to talk to each other. We as women also have to invest in our courses, especially when it comes to our wellbeing."⁠

— author, mother and former refugee turned CEO @aminata_conteh_biger on the talk with @camillaandmarc to support ground-breaking research for an early detection test ❤️❤️

Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed too late. Improved early detection, just as treatment, is key in the fight against the disease for more women than ever surviving it. To donate now, please follow the link: https://ovaries-talk-about-them.raisely.com/.

Photo: Our fierce advocate for women @aminata_conteh_biger along with her children Serafina and Matissee.
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The power of storytelling is truly unmatched. In the podcast by BroadTalk, our incredible CEO @aminata_conteh_biger spoke about her kidnapping and proved her bravery that predominated as a then-18-year-old shines through to this day.

However, sex slavery and rape are not all that define a person. "I didn't want to be pitied, or for people to help me because they knew my story" (Aminata during the BroadTalk Podcast).

Sharing experiences through discourse is vital to speaking out against human rights issues globally. Unfortunately, the way society receives the story can depend on the ethnicity of the storyteller. We continue to ask ourselves why (in 2021 especially) does the validity of a story become devalued on the basis of one’s appearance? We must appreciate the vulnerability it takes to open up about one's experiences, the good and the not-so-good, but simultaneously respect that it is their story to tell - another compelling notion explored by Amii in the podcast.

Have you listened to the podcast yet? Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or online on the BroadAgenda website

#broadtalk #genderequality #aminatamaternalfoundation #storytelling #humanrights #podcast #rapeawareness
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Aminata’s story. When one of the vicious rebel snatches her in the arms of her beloved father during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Now she has rebuilt herself. And this has nothing to do with luck but a strong personality & moral strength to create then a charity - The Aminata Maternal Foundation - which helps women and their children be born in Amii's country of origin.
Now that she has learned to fly again, a new angel contributes to improving the world. To read her book, Rising Heart, and contribute to the cause: https://www.aminata.co/ (also available as an audiobook)
Illustration by @thenakedsloth ♥️
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A choice is the greatest thing humanity has been gifted with. Occassionally choices can be morally challenging, but it is important to stand up for what is right - especially when we advocate for the rights of others. The #internationalwomensday2021 theme focalises exactly upon this notion. "From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge" (IWD, via the official IWD website). You can help us #choosetochallenge as we continue to support all women, mothers and their babies in Sierra Leone, to create long-lasting positive change in their lives. Together as a team we can choose to challenge the gender parity surrounding women's autonomy and enable them to make their own decisions regarding their access to healthcare.

#internationalwomensday #IWD2021#genderquality #womensrights #womenempowerment #womensday #sierraleone #amf
#aminatamaternalfoundation #choosetochallenge
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Here are some lovely women from our trip to Aberdeen Women's Centre in Sierra Leone before COVID-19. Everyone has their own story to tell that is shaped by their cultural, social and physical context. At AMF during March we would like to continue highlighting how women's experiences are an on-going narrative. We should never stop celebrating the success of women just because International Women's Day is over!

#internationalwomensday #IWD2021#genderquality #womensrights #womenempowerment #womensday #sierraleone #amf
#aminatamaternalfoundation #choosetochallenge
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