28 Too Many is a registered charity in England and Wales (1150379), established in 2010 by Dr. Ann-Marie Wilson to undertake research and provide knowledge and tools to those working to end FGM in the countries in Africa where it is practised and across the diaspora worldwide.
Our vision is a world where every girl and woman is safe, healthy and lives free from female genital mutilation.
28 Too Many effects change by:
1. Collating and Interpreting Data (Research)
We present data in a number of ways, primarily through Country Profile Reports and Thematic Papers, and with additional research products as required. To support our aims, we make this research available globally.
2. Influencing Influencers (Top-down approach)
Using the data we have collated, we engage key influencers, encouraging them to advocate for change (of policy, legislation, etc) within their spheres of influence.
3. Equipping Local Organisations (Bottom-up approach)
Based on our research, we develop and distribute advocacy materials and training tools that local organisations can use to bring effective change at a community level.
Ultimately change happens when policy and legislation (top-down) aligns with community action and education (bottom-up). Our approach is to play a catalytic role in both and to base our interventions on solid research.
Dr. Ann-Marie Wilson – Founder/Executive Director
A psychologist and training consultant with 30 years’ experience, Ann-Marie has a background in corporate life and her own not-for-profit consultancy firm specialising in charity projects. Since 2004, Ann-Marie has worked in full-time aid work, holding positions for eight overseas relief, rehabilitation or development agencies in 18 countries.
Sean Callaghan – Operations Manager
Sean brings over 25 years’ experience in international development, including a decade in coaching social entrepreneurs and facilitating leadership development. He has consulted for numerous businesses and not-for-profit organisations across Africa and the Middle East, the UK and the United States. Sean has a diverse and comprehensive background, along with expertise in coaching, mentoring, facilitating and training.
Rev. David Mayne (Chair)
David is a Baptist minister currently leading a Baptist church in Shoeburyness, Essex. A passionate advocate for gender justice issues, David also serves nationally with the Baptist Union of Great Britain. David has experience with governance, management and strategic planning in the charity, voluntary and education sectors.
Yemi began her career in the financial services sector and has a wealth of public sector knowledge, having held senior roles within the NHS and, more recently, within Public Health England as head of operations. Yemi brings to the table a background in governance, operations, business planning, and change management. She has a heart for justice matters and women’s rights and welfare and actively volunteers through her local church, working with women and prisoners.
Mark is currently based at All Nations Christian College (ANCC) where he teaches on Poverty, Justice and Development Studies and Leadership. From 2009 until 2016 Mark served as Executive Director of the United Mission to Nepal (UMN) based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Before that he worked for the International Nepal Fellowship (INF) based in the Mid-West of Nepal in a number of different programme focused roles. He has also lived and worked in East Africa, where he grew up. He has a keen interest in linking theology and community development and seeing the local church act as an agent of change in society. Mark is married to Liz who is re-training as a GP and has 2 children Joshua (18) and Miriam (16).
Tanas Al Qassis
Tanas is the Regional Manager for the Church Mission Society for Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Tanas has the vision to change the way the West views the Middle East and the way the Middle East views the West, he has a passion for education and media and the firm belief that the only solution for the Middle East is Jesus Christ. He worked for World Vision in Jerusalem for nine years as the Finance/Administration Manager and has also worked in Romania as the Grant Manager for World Vision Romania. Tanas has also been very involved with Musalaha, serving both on the Board, and as a leader of Desert Encounters. He served as the Chairman of the Arab Vision Board, a trustee of Embrace the Middle East, Middle East Concern, and has also served with ACTdev in Tunisia. Tanas is in the process of finishing his Doctorate in Ministry degree concentrating on Leadership.
Sara has a background in Financial Services where she began her career as an Analyst and more recently moved into the Client Services space looking after Charity clients. She often volunteers at a homeless charity and finds great pleasure in giving back. Sara studied Business Management at University and brings to the charity business acumen, along with experience analysing investment portfolios.
Sylla Mama Barry
Sylla Mama Barry, also known as Mama Sylla, campaigns to raise awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) amongst the Guinean community in the UK, running workshops with other survivors to educate and combat misinformation. Mama Sylla grew up in Guinea, where the prevalence of FGM in women aged 15-49 in Guinea is 96.9%, with 70% of those women having been cut between the ages of 5 and 14. Until moving to the UK and meeting with a specialist FGM team whilst pregnant, Mama Sylla had not realised the extent of the issue and was inspired to raise awareness amongst the Guinean and West African communities, founding her charity La Fraternité Guinéenne in 2016. She has helped to host a series of educational workshops across the country, inviting survivors, local authorities and other professionals to speak about the implications of FGM, and collaborated with the Home Office to support their ‘Let’s Protect Our Girls’ communications campaign to highlight the long-term health consequences of FGM. On International Zero Tolerance of FGM Day 2020, Mama Sylla was recognised with a Points of Light award from the British Prime Minister.